6 Plants to Add to Your Home for Better Air Quality


| LAST UPDATE 01/17/2022

By Alyssa Williams
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When it comes to ideas for indoor home decorations, houseplants are becoming a more and more popular option. Not only are they a wonderful way to brighten up a room, but they're also excellent for improving the air quality in houses. Here are six types of houseplants that would make wonderful additions to any home!

The first on our list is already a popular one for bedrooms and living rooms: the snake plant. This plant needs little sunlight and does a great job purifying the air in homes. Another is the parlor palm, native to the tropical regions of the Americas, which has been a favorite among people since the Victorian era. Compliant to indoor conditions, it's easy to maintain and can add a nice touch to bedrooms and living rooms. We also recommend giving the ZZ plant a try. This Africa native is a rather independent plant with tolerance for little light - and has the ability to go weeks without water.

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For those who tend to keep the A/C on, the Boston fern may be the perfect choice. It's a low-maintenance plant that can withstand dry air conditions, and is safe for pets who love to give the leaves a nibble every now and then. For an elegant touch, an orchid's bloom may be the ideal decoration for dining room tables or kitchen counters. It's safe for furry family members and a great way to detoxify the air in homes. But, for those who are looking for something more subtle and less attention-grabbing: the ric-rac cactus may be the way to go. But don't worry if it ends up looking a bit too plain in your house - there is a chance that it may still bloom!

Erin Marino, editorial lead and plant expert at The Sill, mentioned the benefits of having certain types of plants in homes. She also mentioned how they can help remove dangerous organic compounds from the air we breathe indoors. “Indoor plants are not the final answer to better air quality, but they can absolutely be a part of the solution,” she said.

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