Did you know there’s a far better alternative to beating the heat than turning on the air conditioner? Grow more houseplants! Apart from complementing your contemporary furniture, houseplants are natural air conditioners. They work by absorbing the warm air and then releasing cool moisture and oxygen back into the atmosphere via a process called transpiration. In addition, certain houseplants flush out harmful gases from the home’s atmosphere such as methane and carbon dioxide.
So the next time you’re out shopping for a decorative item for your home, consider any of the following indoor plants:
1. Aloe Vera:
Aloe vera is highly regarded for medicinal properties. It cures many ailments related to the skin such as burns, insect bites, inflammation, etc. The leaves of the aloe vera have an increased water content. This means when the aloe vera’s leaves are transpiring, they are releasing large amounts of evaporated moisture back into the air.
In addition, aloe vera is known for absorbing carbon dioxide and discharging oxygen during the night. Keeping an aloe vera plant in the bedroom is definitely a good idea. Scientists also state that aloe vera is effective in removing benzene and formaldehyde from the atmosphere.
2. Bamboo Palm:
Bamboo palms are native to Central America and Mexico. They rarely reach more than two meters in height. The large leaves of this plant act as natural humidifiers. Bamboo palms are very effective in removing trichloroethylene and benzene from the air.
3. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue / Snake plant:
This plant is highly favoured by NASA. It is considered one of the best plants for removing indoors impurities such as formaldehyde, benzene and carbon dioxide. During the night, this plant releases valuable oxygen. In addition, this plant has a sculptural look about it which makes it a great addition to any space.
4. Peace Lily:
This lily has a large leaf area meaning it releases large amounts of moisture and oxygen during transpiration. NASA rates the Peace Lily highly for its uncanny ability to filter toxins in the home’s atmosphere. They also cool the air.
5. Boston Ferns:
The Boston fern is a natural humidifier and air purifier. Like its other fern cousins, the Boston fern is known for filtering the air of volatile organic compounds such as benzene and formaldehyde.
6. Devil’s Ivy or Money Plant:
This heart-shaped, evergreen vine is a native of French Polynesia. It is one of the best humidifiers. In addition, this tiny wonder filters the air of benzene, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. Money plants are one of the most popular indoor plants. They are able to tolerate low light conditions and minimal watering.
Indoor plants are easy to incorporate into your home. They serve many purposes. Apart from complementing your modern furniture, they are good for human health. To shop for beautiful modern furniture items, visit Creative Furniture Store.