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The Best Plants for a Healthy IAQ

by VitalStorm Content on March 2, 2018

indoor air quality plants

Keeping track of your Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is essential for staying healthy and keeping your home free from dangerous pollutants. Without air purification, these pollutants can increase opportunities for asthma, allergies, and even contagious illnesses to flare up in your home.

At Blue Flame Comfort, we always encourage our clients to be proactive about their indoor air quality. One of the most effective and eco-friendly ways to purify your air is with the addition of house plants.

According to NASA, there are numerous plants that can remove toxins from your air. Plants were tested on their ability to purify the chemicals benzene, formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, xylene, toluene, and ammonia from the air. NASA compiled a full list of every plant with purification properties. Here are our picks for the top 4 best plants to add to your home if you want a healthy IAQ for your home.

  1. Peace Lily

Peace Lilies are evergreen plants with lovely white blooms. According to NASA, they are capable of removing benzene, formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, xylene, toluene, and ammonia from the air, making them one of the best purification plants on the market. Since they do not require very much water or light to grow, they are also easy plants for beginners. The only major drawback to Peace Lilies is that they are toxic to both people and animals if ingested. They must be kept completely out of reach if you have any pets or small children in your home.


  1. Florist’s Chrysanthemum

If you have a green thumb and the know-how to care for a Florist’s Chrysanthemum correctly, it will produce dozens of beautiful blooms. Just like Peace Lilies, the Chrysanthemum blooms are capable of cleansing benzene, formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, xylene, toluene, and ammonia from the air. These plants are also poisonous if ingested by animals, so keep them far away from any household pets.


  1. Bamboo Palm

Bamboo Palms are covered in thin leaves and can grow anywhere from 1 ft to 19 ft tall. These plants are the champions at filtering formaldehyde from the air, and can also remove benzene, trichlorethylene, xylene, and toluene. Although they do not purify the air from ammonia like Peace Lilies and Florist Crysanthemums, they might be the best choice for a household with babies or pets. Bamboo Palms are completely non-toxic.


  1. Aloe Vera

Another excellent option for plant owning beginners is Aloe Vera. This dessert native only needs water every 3 weeks, and it has many helpful uses. The gel from Aloe Vera can heal cuts and burns, and some say it can even improve the quality of your hair and skin. Aloe Vera plants can purify both benzene and formaldehyde from the air inside your home. Although their gel is non-toxic, ingesting a part of the plant itself is harmful to animals.

Although there are numerous choices for air filtration house plants, these are four of our favorites. If you are searching for a creative and natural way to achieve a healthy IAQ, look no further.

At Blue Flame, we are committed to an exceptional and eco-friendly experience every time you use our heating, air conditioning, and electrical services. Call us at (206) 388-5667 and speak to a member of our team.