3 Plants to Improve IAQ

May 10, 2018
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Plants are one of the best natural ways to improve indoor air quality. Acting as intrinsic filters, they can help keep your home’s air clean, which can reduce pollens and other irritants. Here are three of the best plants to keep in your Longview, Texas, home to improve IAQ:


Aloe is an incredible multi-purpose plant that works to remove irritants from the air, especially benzene and formaldehyde. Both are common ingredients in household items like spray paint and chemical-based cleaners.

Aloes are technically succulents that thrive in sunny conditions while contributing no pollutants to the air. You can find these plants at any home improvement store. Plus, you can use the gel inside their leaves to soothe skin conditions like sunburns.

Spider Plants

With beautiful striped foliage and unique offshoots, spider plants are a popular choice to improve indoor air quality. They work by removing all sorts of toxins and pollutants from the air, including carbon monoxide.

They’re also really easy to regrow: Just snip off one of the little offshoots, place it in soil and it should regrow fairly quickly. Thanks to these unique offshoots, spider plants are best shown off by hanging. They’re easy to keep alive, great for beginner gardeners and non-toxic to pets.

Boston Ferns

Boston ferns are unique in that they add to the humidity of your home while also removing a lot of surrounding allergens and pollutants. They’re some of the largest and most beautiful indoor ferns that require minimal upkeep.

These ferns thrive in medium sunlight. Owners should avoid direct sun as this can cause the fern’s delicate leaves to shrivel. They’re pet-friendly; although, being chewed on can hurt the fronds.

These three plants help improve IAQ the natural way. If you’re concerned about the quality of your home’s air, let the experts at JD’s AirNow help you select the best tools for the job. Give us a call at (903) 759-7483 today to set up a consultation!

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