Bet you didn’t know that you should have between 2 to 8 house plants (depending on the type of plant) per person in your household to maintain the best air quality throughout your home.
Eight plants per person?
What it there are five or more people living under one roof?
That’s gonna require a lot of house plants.
The average American spends 90 percent of their time indoors where air pollution can be far worse than it is outside.
You may not realize it, but it’s very possible that you could be breathing in all kinds of nastiness at this very moment, all thanks to the walls and fabric and furniture and other household objects that both produce and absorb pollutants.
Cracking a window every so often and Febreezing every square inch of every room can only do so much.
It’s true that just by placing an adequate number of the right species of plant around your home, you can greatly reduce and remove the amount of harmful toxins in the air.
A wide range of different plant species can be used to improve indoor air quality, but for starters, you may consider the following top three:
The Mother-in-Law’s Tongue / Snake Plant
No need to worry about being a serial plant killer with this one.
The snake plant is super low maintenance, and a top choice for being a naturally effective air purifier.
This plant works most of its magic at night, converting carbon dioxide to oxygen while you sleep.
It’s best if you can place your snake plant near a window as they prefer lots of sunlight, but they’ll do just fine in lower lit rooms.
Unfortunately, you’ll need a lot of space to keep the recommended number of air-cleaning snake plants in your home.
For best results, you should have 6 to 8 waist-high snake plants per person in your household.
The Money Plant
You definitely need a few of these if you’ve got adhesive-based furniture, lingering paint fumes, air fresheners, cleaning products, or even cigarette smoke in your home.
It filters out formaldehyde and other volatile organic chemicals from the air, and will continue to do its job well as long as you give it enough water.
It can survive in low lit spaces, and you only need about three 18-inch tall plants per person in your home.
If only it could also live up to its name and grow actual money, too.
The Areca Palm / Golden Palm
If you’re open to adding more of a tropical look to a few of your most-used rooms in your home, the areca or golden palm could be just what you need.
Unlike the snake plant, the areca palm works for you during the day — breathing in carbon dioxide during daytime hours and turning it into oxygen.
You may not need to water your palm plant quite as much as the money plant, but since this species thrives in tropical climates, it’s important to give it as much full sunlight as you can.
You need about four shoulder-high areca palms per per person in your household to be able to reap the full benefits of its all-natural air purifying power.
Plants also help control humidity levels in your home, which can actually help prevent you from getting sick.
As if improved air quality isn’t a good enough reason for decorating your home with a whole bunch of plants, you can also go about your regular household business knowing that your beloved plant collection will help control the humidity levels to an optimal level for human health as well.
Regulated humidity decreases your risk of developing viral infections and other unpleasant health problems.
It’s worth the small investment and the minimal upkeep, and you really don’t need to have much of a green thumb to do it.
Anyone who suffers from asthma or allergies knows just how important it is to be in an environment with clean, fresh air — especially when their symptoms start to act up.
But even if your breathing is just fine and you think the air quality in your home is fine too, do yourself and your family the favour of taking a small step toward better health.
Get a plant… and live just a little bit better.
Photo #1 via Tristan Schmurr
Photo #2 via schizoform
Photo #3 via Francis Chung
Photo #4 via bfishadow
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