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How to Improve Your New Home’s Air Quality with Plants

April 23, 2017


There are many decorating decisions that have to be made when you buy one of the new homes in Columbus GA. Some of the more obvious décor choices involve things like window treatments, furniture and wall art. Buying house plants to brighten your home may not be high on your list of things to do, but don’t discount their importance.

House plants not only add beauty to your home, they can also improve its air quality. Plants increase the amount of oxygen in the air through photosynthesis. And studies have shown that plants can also filter and purify the air by removing toxins, such benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. As an added benefit, most air-purifying plants are pretty and easy to care for.

Here are a few air purifying plants to consider adding to your new home that are also safe for children, dogs and cats.

Areca Palm – This plant is one of the most popular indoor palms. It features dark, green leaf blades with white flowers. It helps to remove toluene and xylene from the air and can help boost overall air purification. It’s great to have around if anyone in the house suffers from asthma.

Money Plant – Another great air purifying plant, the money plant’s unique braided trunk brings charm to whatever room you place it in. Plus, it’s easy to grow and is said to bring good fortune and luck.

Spider Plant – This is an excellent plant to use in homes that have been freshly painted, since it’s adept at cleansing the air of pollutants such as formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. It tolerates artificial lighting well, but prefers bright light or filtered sunlight for best growth and vibrant leaf colors.

Bamboo Palm – Potted bamboo palms add color and warmth to any room in your home. They grow in low light conditions and are useful in removing formaldehyde from the air, as well as acting as a natural humidifier for most indoor areas.

Variegated Wax Plant – Also called Hoya Carnosa, this attractive plant features thick, green and cream-colored leathery leaves with reddish-purple stems. It’s excellent for removing benzene and formaldehyde from the air and will look great in a den, study or bedroom.

Moth Orchid – This popular orchid does well as a houseplant, and will grow and flower in a moderately bright windowsill. Its elegant white flowers will brighten your home for months at a time. The moth orchid doesn’t require a lot of water, so it’s easy to care for, and will increase your home’s air quality by filtering out harsh chemicals like xylene and toluene.

When you’re ready to buy one of the new homes in Columbus GA, contact Rose Anne Erickson Realty at 706-257-1776. We look forward to assisting you with all of your real estate needs.

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