Does Having Indoor Plants Improve Air Quality?

January 20, 2021

For a long time, it was believed that having house plants could improve the indoor air quality in a home. However, in recent studies, it’s been shown that houseplants can’t make an appreciable difference. While it’s been shown that house plants can’t change the air quality in a home, they still can provide a variety of benefits to a household. Past Information In the past, houseplants were encouraged in homes to remove harmful substances from the air. These substances included volatile organic compounds among other harmful vapors. English Ivy, Bamboo Palm, Chinese Evergreen and Dragon Tree were all marked as exceptionally good at cleaning indoor air. However, new studies have shown that the timescales needed for the plants to remove VOCs are too large to make a difference in an average-sized home. Current Studies New studies published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology have shown that the widely held belief that house plants remove VOCs from the air is false. The current studies suggest that other forms of air filtration are much more effective at ridding the air of dangerous substances. Other Ways to Clean Indoor Air Most buildings have a high enough level of circulation and...

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