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How To Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality with Plants

Plants seem like an odd topic choice for a heating and cooling blog, right? Well, there is actually good reason (a few good reasons!) to talk about plants on the blog this month:

  1. It may not feel like it, but March is the first month of spring, and fresh greenery screams spring.
  2. March is the month where everyone is a little bit Irish, so why not focus on something green?
  3. Most importantly, plants can actually improve your home’s indoor air quality.

Plants don’t just make the air in your home better by making it smell good, NASA and other experts have found that there are actually plants that are known to remove VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from the air you breathe.  VOCs, such as formaldehyde, can be found in or emitted from many typical household products such as upholstered furniture, certain paints, and clothes from the dry cleaners.  VOCs have been linked to some longterm problems such as cancer, but even short term exposure can cause health issues such as headaches and dizziness.

In order to limit your exposure to VOCs, try adding some of these plants:

English Ivy


Spider Plant

Gerbera Daisy

Pot Mum

Mother-in-Law’s Tongue/Snake Plant

For more information check out Top 10 Plants for Cleaning Indoor Air and 15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality.

Interested in going a step further to clean up your home’s air?

In addition to plants, you can also use filters and UV germicidal lights as part of your forced air residential heating and cooling systems to improve your home’s indoor air quality.  There is a variety of types of filters with some being more effective at filtering out dust, bacteria, and other micro organisms than others.

Would you like to learn more about improving your home’s indoor air quality? Contact FLAME Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, and Electrical!

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