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Best Air Purifying Houseplants

Why do we need to purify the air in our homes?

We may not always be aware of it, but our homes can be filled with Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which can have compounding effects on our long-term health.

What are volatile organic compounds?

Volatile organic compounds are organic chemicals that have a high vapour pressure at ordinary room temperature. Their high vapour pressure results from a low boiling point, which causes large numbers of molecules to evaporate from the liquid or solid form of the compound and enter the surrounding air (a trait known as volatility). For example, formaldehyde, which evaporates from paint and releases from materials like resin, has a boiling point of only –19 °C (–2 °F).

They include both man-made and naturally occurring chemical compounds. Most scents or odours are VOCs. VOCs play an important role in communication between plants and in messages from plants to animals. Some VOCs are dangerous to human health or cause harm to the environment. Anthropogenic VOCs are regulated by law, especially indoors, where concentrations are the highest.

Harmful VOCs typically are not acutely toxic, but have compounding long-term health effects. Because the concentrations are usually low and the symptoms slow to develop, research into VOCs and their effects is difficult.

Which Volatile Organic Compounds's can my house plants purify?

Benzene

Benzene is a natural constituent of crude oil and is one of the elementary petrochemicals.

Which houseplants remove Benzene from the air?

The plants known to remove Benzene from the air, from NASA’s clean air study include; English Ivy, Devil’s ivy, Peace lily, Chinese Evergreen, Areca Palm, Parlour Palm, Lady Palm, Snake Plant, Dragon Tree, Corn Plant / Mass Cane, Barberton Daisy, Chrysanthemum, Aloe Vera, Janet Craig, Warneckei.

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a pungent-smelling colourless gas and an important precursor to many other materials and chemical compounds.

Which houseplants remove Formaldehyde from the air?

The plants known to remove Formaldehyde from the air, from NASA’s clean air study include; Dwarf Date Palm, Areca Palm, Boston Fern, Kimberley Queen Fern, English Ivy, Spider Plant, Devil’s Ivy, Peace lily, Flamingo Lily, Chinese Evergreen, Bamboo Palm, Parlour Palm, Lady Palm, Snake Plant, Heartleaf philodendron, Selloum philodendron, Elephant ear philodendron, Dragon Tree, Mass Cane, Weeping Fig, Barbeton Daisy, Chrysanthemum, Rubber plant, Dendrobium Orchids, Dumb Canes, King of hearts, Moth orchids, Aloe Vera, Janet Craig, Warneckei.

Trichloroethylene (TCE)

Trichloroethylene is a clear, colourless non-flammable liquid with a chloroform-like sweet smell.

Which houseplants remove Trichloroethylene from the air?

The plants known to remove Formaldehyde from the air, from NASA’s clean air study include; Dwarf Date Palm, Areca Palm, Boston Fern, Kimberley Queen Fern, English Ivy, Spider Plant, Devil’s Ivy, Peace lily, Flamingo Lily, Chinese Evergreen, Bamboo Palm, Parlour Palm, Lady Palm, Snake Plant, Heartleaf philodendron, Selloum philodendron, Elephant ear philodendron, Dragon Tree, Mass Cane, Weeping Fig, Barbeton Daisy, Chrysanthemum, Rubber plant, Dendrobium Orchids, Dumb Canes, King of hearts, Moth orchids, Aloe Vera, Janet Craig, Warneckei.