July 28, 2015
For some people, the best part of building a brand new custom home is getting to decorate it!
Indoor plants have always been interior decorating staples because they provide low-maintenance beauty, but they can also provide another very important benefit: cleaner air.
With all the time we spend indoors escaping the unforgiving Middle Tennessee heat, we want the cool air breezing around our homes to be as clean as possible. Keeping clean air filters in your air conditioning system is a great start to cleaner air, but the addition of certain indoor plants can provide you and your family with even fresher, cleaner air!
Here are some plants that add more than timeless décor to your home:
When it comes to removing unwanted formaldehyde from the air, there is simply no better plant for the job than the Boston fern. They are also spectacular at removing other unwanted pollutants from your indoor air and they look great!
They aren’t the easiest plants to keep, though, as they require a good bit of feeding and care. The work to maintain this amazing plant’s health is worth it though; you’ll be breathing in cleaner air than ever before!
With the ability to grow up to 10 feet, a ficus can be the perfect option for a nice sized room with tall ceilings. Aside from looking nice with hardy leaves, a ficus will also soak up a good deal of pollutants and produce fresh oxygen in return.
They are very easy to care for and are great at removing harmful formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene from the air. As long as you allow the soil to completely dry between waterings, you will have no problems keeping this workhorse of a plant alive.
For an additional tip, a ficus can be kept outside in late spring for a while and brought back inside in late summer when the temperatures are much warmer.
One of the most gorgeous air-cleaning indoor plants, the peace lily will actually bloom indoors!
Aside from formaldehyde, they are also great at removing benzene and other VOCs left behind by certain cleaning products, such as ammonia. They are generally easy to care for and prefer low-light situations. Their beautiful bloom and full aroma can provide a little taste of summer’s warmth when you find yourself in the cold grasp of winter.
Be very careful with the placement of peace lilies, though, as their blooms can be poisonous to children and pets.
Another option that is both very low-maintenance and very effective at removing pollutants is the palm tree. Any variety of palm tree will be great at soaking up formaldehyde, so can find the right one to fit your style.
Palms like cooler temperatures than most plants (60 – 75 degrees) so they might just force you to be a little more energy efficient in the colder months by lower the thermostat.
When you are decorating the inside of your custom home, consider these indoor plants for not only their looks, but their amazing air filtering abilities!