Winter has arrived and freezing outdoor temperatures have forced many people to spend an extended amount of time indoors. This can leave your home feeling stale, causing allergies and other illnesses such as the flu to occur. Purify your home during these blistery winter months by incorporating a selection of tropical houseplants from Hicks Nurseries into your home.
The power of houseplants in enclosed spaces was first proven by NASA many years ago. Their research showed that plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. They filter the air by removing indoor air pollutants commonly found in detergents, carpeting, furniture and paints. This cleaner air can help to boost your mood, reduce stress and calm anxiety. Plants also act as natural humidifiers to clear your sinuses and help you sleep better.
Here are six of our favorite air purifying houseplants:
ZZ Plant (Zamioculas zamiifolia)
The ZZ plant has beautiful rows of dark green leaves on upright stalks. It removes pollutants such as xylene and toluene from the air.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
A modern plant with upright, sword-shaped leaves, the snake plant tolerates low light and neglect. It converts carbon dioxide into oxygen at night, helping you to enjoy a good night’s sleep.
Succulents such as aloe vera filter benzene and formaldehyde out of the air. They are available in many shapes, sizes and leaf patterns that release oxygen into the air.
Bromeliads are available in a wide assortment of varieties with a colorful spike that lasts for several months. They are known for their ability to clean harmful VOCs from the air.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum hybrids)
This gorgeous plant has deep green, glossy leaves and pure white flowers. It blooms best in medium light conditions. Filters benzene and trichloroethylene chemicals from the air.
This classic, yet modern flowering plant is available in a myriad of colors and sizes. It is known for its ability to remove xylene from the air, making it a great gift item for someone who recently renovated or painted.
Include at least one 10-12” houseplant per 100 square feet to purify the air. Their vibrant leaves and interesting textures will add beauty, while also cleaning the air you and your family breathe to keep you healthy throughout the winter months.