Indoor Plants – Your Air Purifier

81848288 You don’t need a spacious yard to grow plants. You can also have plants inside your house. Indoor plants can be as attractive as outdoor plants. They add color and vibrancy to your interior home décor. Further most indoor plants help to clean your indoor air, reducing your need to install an air purifier. Expert gardeners suggest that nearly 60 percent of our popular outdoor plants can be grown indoors.

Benefits of indoor plants
The ability of indoor plants to cleanse the air inside your house, by converting carbon dioxide to oxygen, is the primary benefit of indoor plants. They also act as a natural air purifier, filtering the toxins and pollutants present in the air inside your house. Indoor plants also add humidity to your indoor air. Increase in indoor moisture prevents the airborne pollutants and dust from floating in the air. Most indoor plants are capable of absorbing toxins, including carbon monoxide and volatile carbonic compounds that are often present in the household paints.

Plants can also absorb heavy metal toxins. Some studies have shown that formaldehyde present in the air inside your house could effectively be removed by certain plants, which include spider plant, pothos and philodendrons. Benzene, a harmful carcinogenic compound could be removed from your house by certain indoor plants such as chrysanthemum and gerbera daisy. Although there is no ample evidence, but nonetheless, some researchers suggest that indoor plants could reduce indoor noise pollution. Moreover, studies have also suggested that adding plants in your house could help to reduce stress, fatigue and even headache.

Disadvantages of indoor plants
Certain compounds present in some indoor plants might cause allergic reactions to the inmates of your house. However, if your family members and pets are not allergic to these compounds, you can easily keep these plants inside your house.

How to choose the right indoor plant
Choosing the perfect indoor plant for your house might appear a bit confusing. You should select an indoor plant according to the indoor environment of your room. Plants that need more light and air for growth should be placed on the balcony or close to the windows. Plants that require light but less direct sunshine should be placed away from the windows.