House plants are not only attractive, they are beneficial for many reasons. Adding them to the home décor livens up the area while doing some pretty heavy duty work, like fighting colds and fatigue and making their owners happy. One of the most attractive health benefits of house plants is their air cleaning feature. A NASA study reported that an adequate amount of house plants could remove as much as 87 percent of air toxins within 24 hours. Here are ways to pick the proper house plants for the home and clean up your air:
Step 1: Know which house plants have the best ability to purify air. These plants do the best job at removing smoke and other harmful chemicals and toxins from the air. The top nine are: ivy, dragon tree, philodendrons, ficus, peace lilies, spider plants, chrysanthemums, palms, and ferns.
Step 2: If pets or children are present in the home, narrow down the list to exclude plants harmful to either one. Philodendrons and English ivy are on this list, as are some holiday greenery like mountain laurel, holly berries, and yew. If these are grown in the home, they must be kept out of reach of pets and children.
Step 3: Consider the available space. To be effective as an air cleaner, 15 to 18 plants in containers six to eight inches in diameter should be included in a home measuring 1,800 square feet. Some house plants such as spider plants make attractive hanging baskets, while others should be planted in a floor container.
Step 4: Learn about maintenance. Some plants require more regular care than others in order to thrive. The Mother fern is considered one of the best air purifying house plants due to its attractiveness. It has the added benefits of being easy to care for and able to thrive with little moisture in indirect light so it will do well in many rooms of the home.