We've previously suggested a simple trifecta of plants to improve your indoor air quality. A dig into a NASA study into air quality in confined spaces yields at least nine more plants that clean, humidify and dust-filter your home or office air.
Orlando-based blog Pros who Know links and pulls data from research related to NASA's quest for better air in shuttles, stations and other areas where air is tight and doesn't move quite as quick. Along with the three recommended by TED presenter Kamal Meattle — Areca palm, Mother-in-law's Tongue and a "Money Plant" — the post recommends English Ivy Ficus, Peace Lilies and Gerbera (Gerber) Daisies, all of which have the added benefit of looking pretty nice, too.
Beyond strict air quality measures, adding plants to your workspace has added benefits:
Of course a home or office building cannot exactly mimic the controlled conditions of a research lab, but it is clear that having plenty of healthy houseplants leads to a healthier home. In addition to processing carbon dioxide and harmful chemicals, houseplants improve indoor air quality by:
- Helping to maintain humidity levels: Dry indoor air is blamed for a host of respiratory problems, particularly in the winter, and plants emit water vapor during transpiration.
- Producing negative ions: Plant leaves produce negative ions, similar to many air purifying machines. Negative ions attach themselves to (and effectively remove) particles such as dust, mold spores, bacteria, and allergens. The presence of negative ions is credited for increasing psychological health, productivity, and overall well-being.
What plants have made a difference in your own space? What challenges do you face in keeping them, and have you overcome them? Trade your terraforming tips in the comments.
Best Houseplants to Improve Indoor Air Quality [Pros Who Know]