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Which Indoor Plants Promote Good IAQ?

Which Indoor Plants Promote Good IAQ?Indoor plants add color and life to your home. But did you know that some can also improve your indoor air quality (IAQ)? They absorb the pollutants in your home’s air supply while taking in carbon dioxide. Additionally, as they transpire, they pull air into the roots, where dangerous chemicals are changed into safe compounds.

Here are some plants that you can add to your home to improve air quality:

English ivy

NASA named the English ivy the top air-filtering indoor plant. Its dense foliage absorbs formaldehyde an indoor pollutant found in cleaning products, synthetic carpet dyes, and wood floorboard resins. It also reduces particles of airborne fecal matter.


The dracaena plant comes in all sizes, shapes, and colors. The one that’s red-edged is helpful in eliminating formaldehyde, xylene, and trichloroethylene, which can be introduced to your home by sealers, varnishes, and lacquers.

Spider plant

If you’re a beginner gardener, this is an excellent option because it’s one of the easiest indoor plants to grow. It does fine in indirect sunlight. It will also give you the added benefit of fewer airborne benzene and formaldehyde molecules.

Golden pothos

With leaves that are dark green with golden streaks, this fast-growing vine is an attention-grabbing addition to your home. It’s great for tackling carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and benzene.

Boston fern

This plant has feather-like leaves that have a decorative appearance. It thrives under high humidity, damp soil, and bright light. It’s well suited to hanging baskets and is excellent at eliminating formaldehyde.

Bamboo palm

This sun-loving plant is known for its height and effortless elegance. It’s a superstar at filtering out formaldehyde.

If you’re like most people, you spend at least 90 percent of your time indoors. The air inside your home can be 100 times more polluted than outdoor air, so getting air-purifying indoor plants is a worthwhile endeavor. If you have questions related to indoor air quality, please contact us at Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company. We proudly serve the Yuma area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Yuma, Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 928-723-3183. 

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