3 Plants That Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

A green way to encourage cleaner air inside your South Palm Beach, Florida, home is to keep houseplants like Peace Lilies and English ivy. Plants improve indoor air quality (IAQ) by filtering out airborne toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde, and ammonia. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), these toxins cause health effects such as headaches, irritation of the nasal passages, and nausea.

Spider Plant

Even if you’re not a gardening expert, you can easily care for a spider plant. Spider plants don’t need much attention. Indirect sunlight and moderate watering make them a great choice. These plants work well for removing the airborne toxins formaldehyde and xylene.

Peace Lily


A Peace Lily is an ideal houseplant for rooms that do not get much sun, as the plant requires little sunlight and watering. In fact, although the Peace Lily is a hardy plant, direct sunlight will burn its leaves. Be sure to keep this plant out of direct sun and remember to water it once a week.

In return for your care, the plan will remove formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene from your indoor air. Homeowners with small children or pets may want to consider a different houseplant, as the peace lily is mildly toxic if ingested.

English Ivy

English ivy is a distinguished-looking climbing vine which spreads easily, making it a common plant for outdoor landscaping. This vine is a good indoor choice for homeowners looking to improve their IAQ, as it removes benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from the air. English ivy prefers well-draining soil, direct sunlight, and regular watering.

Keeping houseplants is a low-cost, beautiful way to purify your home’s air, and your HVAC system can help. Today’s advanced HVAC units keep your home comfortable while removing particles that plants can’t — such as pet dander, dust, smoke, and pollen.

At Preferred Air Conditioning & Mechanical, we can provide ways to improve the indoor air quality in your South Palm Beach, Florida, home. To have one of our professionals check your home’s indoor air quality, call us today at (561) 202-1422.

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