Why Your Home Needs More Plants

Filters, air purifiers, and ventilators have done wonders for the air quality in your Palm Harbor, Florida, home. They’ve brought your allergies and asthma from unbearable to manageable. But while man-made technology can vastly improve health in your home, you just can’t get better than what nature has already perfected. Plus, you can’t go wrong with adding a little more green to your home. Plants act as natural air filters that will purge your air of unwanted chemicals and leave your home healthier and more comfortable than before.

Plants As Natural Filters

The filter in your HVAC system does an excellent job catching harmful particles (as long as it’s replaced regularly) with a fine mesh as air passes through. But those filters don’t catch everything. Plants act as filters by actually absorbing VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that are released from certain cleaners, cigarette smoke, pesticides, some fabrics and plastics, and much more.

By taking those chemicals in through the roots and leaves, plants catch the chemicals that make it through your HVAC filter and into your living space. Plants also go one step further than HVAC filters by neutralizing chemicals once they’ve been transferred to the plant’s soil.

The Best Air Filtering Plants

While any type of plant can give your home a more pleasant atmosphere, some are better than others at filtering certain chemicals, and some will be easier to keep up than their cousins. For example, dracaena is an attractive plant that comes in over 40 different varieties and absorbs everything from benzene to  formaldehydeand more, but it is actually toxic to dogs and cats if eaten. So if you have pets, you may want to go with the garden mum, which still catches ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and more without the inherent risks for pets.

Add a splash of color to your home while helping you and your family breathe easier. For more help improving your indoor air quality, call Pinellas Comfort Systems at (727) 315-0791.

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