Air Purifying Plants

Combat Indoor Air Pollution with Air Purifying Plants

People are shocked to learn that indoor air can be 2-5 times as contaminated as outdoor air in some places. Substances like chemical-based cleaners, air fresheners, fragrances and detergents pollute indoor air and contribute to poor indoor air quality. Since indoor air is often stagnant (especially during the colder months of the year), pollutants often reach toxic levels.

Looking to reduce toxins in your home? Using plants for air purification is an easy and affordable way to improve the quality of your indoor air. Not everyone was born with a green thumb and a knack for taking care of houseplants. Thankfully, there are several popular plants that require very little maintenance to thrive indoors.

Air Purifying Plant Basics

In 1989, NASA discovered that houseplants can absorb harmful toxins from the air, especially in enclosed spaces with little air flow. While plants have less horse power than air purifiers, they’re more natural, cost effective, and therapeutic.

Plants are also known to:

  • increase mood and productivity
  • enhance concentration and memory
  • reduce stress and fatigue

In addition to using plants:

  • allow fresh air to circulate through open windows and doors when the weather permits
  • make sure you turn on exhaust vents in bathrooms and when cooking
  • avoid purchasing any household products and cleaners containing harsh chemical ingredients

Safety Concerns

You may want to reconsider air-purifying plants if you have pets such as cats and dogs. Many of these plants can be toxic to them. You can look up which plants are toxic to animals on the ASPCA Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants page.

An increase in plants can also affect humidity and promote mold growth. You can prevent this by letting the water drain into a pan or a tray, removing excess water regularly, and using sub-irrigation planters. Covering the top of the soil with Spanish moss or aquarium gravel also removes mold.

To give your home a healthy breath of fresh air, here’s our list of the best air purifying plants and where to keep them.

Welcome

The well-being of our employees, our customers, our communities, and our environment is at the heart of our business here at Prism Analytical Technologies (Home Air Check's Laboratory). Now, more than ever, we must come together as we adjust to the challenges resulting from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). I am reaching out to let you know that we at Prism Analytical are committed to operating in a safe and responsible manner while maintaining the highest standards of quality in these troubled times.   

Prism Analytical continues to follow the direction of federal, state, and local governments regarding our operations, and we are closely monitoring the latest reports from the CDC and WHO.  We have instituted recommended cleaning and disinfection procedures of all our sampling equipment as well as the work spaces of all our personnel. We have also enabled staff to work from home where possible, delayed or cancelled upcoming travel plans, and are restricting access to our work spaces.

Our business will continue to operate as usual; from shipping equipment to laboratory operations to reporting. As always, we are here to help you be successful and are available via phone and email to help you plan projects, review data and answer questions.  

This is a constantly evolving situation and we will continue to closely monitor conditions and evaluate additional measures to support our customers, team members, and communities as needed. We will provide prompt updates regarding any adjustments to our procedures or operations.

We sincerely appreciate your patience during this time and are committed to maintaining transparent and open communication with you. Please reach out to me or any of our staff if you have any questions or concerns.

As a reminder, as more people spend time at home it’s more important than ever that they maintain good indoor air quality to help keep everyone healthy and facilitate successful remote learning and working.

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