Most homeowners are surprised or even shocked to discover that the air in their homes is two to five times more polluted than the air in the backyard. If you’re concerned about your home’s indoor air quality, you might have considered getting some plants. It’s important to know whether or not there is any benefit to indoor air quality if you choose to bring plants into your Midlothian, VA, home.
What Houseplants Do
Houseplants respire differently than animals. They take carbon dioxide into their cells and release oxygen, which is the opposite of what animals do. Adding some plants to your home could lower carbon dioxide and raise oxygen levels. However, you’d have to get about one houseplant per 5 square feet of space to make a big difference in carbon dioxide and oxygen levels.
Benefits of Indoor Plants
In addition to releasing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide, some houseplants might absorb some volatile organic compounds. Controlled scientific studies in laboratories found that English ivy, spider plants and others were able to absorb some formaldehyde and benzene from the air. Scientists don’t know if plants would also do this in a home. You’d need hundreds of plants in a home to make a noticeable difference in volatile organic compound levels. Plants can have a relaxing and calming effect on your mood, which can make them worthwhile to have in your living space.
What to Avoid If You Get Houseplants
If you get houseplants, be sure to water them properly. Pouring too much water into the container could fuel mold growth. Plants can also release pollen. Consider getting a non-flowering plant, such as English ivy, if you have a lot of pollen allergies or asthma.
Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. is Midlothian’s trusted provider of indoor air quality solutions. Our heating and air conditioning maintenance plans, tune-ups, repairs, replacements and installation services ensure year-round comfort. Homeowners also count on us for affordable water heaters and sheet metal services. For additional details about the effects of indoor plants on your home’s air quality, get in touch with us at Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp..