[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 5px 0px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”2/3″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”]Back in June, we posted a blog about indoor air quality and steps you can take to improve it. If you’re looking to aggressively tackle the situation, HEP can definitely provide a variety of options – from efficient air filters all the way to units such as the Trane CleanEffects or REME HALO. For more information regarding these units, please refer to the aforementioned blog post or call HEP today to speak to one of our customer service representatives. What about a low-budget approach, though? Let’s talk about houseplants.
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It may seem obvious, but houseplants are an excellent way to keep the air in your home clean. NASA recently conducted a “Clean Air Study” and found that many common houseplants are effective at removing benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia from the air — all chemicals that have been linked to negative health effects such as headaches and sinus irritation. With colder weather on the horizon, people will be spending more time indoors. Perhaps a little greenery is just what the doctor ordered!
You might be wondering, which plants would work best? There are a variety of species that are adept at handling the problem. Let’s go over a few of them.
- Mums – They’re hardy and they have beautiful blooms. Mums also got top marks from NASA’s “Clean Air Study.”
- Peace Lilies – Excellent decorative plants with white flowers. Easy to care for, too. They don’t need large amounts of water or sunlight to enjoy a healthy life. Peace lilies can even remove mold from the air!
- Boston Ferns – Big and leafy with gracefully arching fronds. Great hanging plants. These require a good bit of humidity, though, so they require frequent misting.
- Snake Plants – A dense perennial with a very unique appearance. A hardy plant that doesn’t require much care.
- Aloe Vera – A decorative succulent that requires very little care. In Tennessee, these plants THRIVE in the summer sun, but do well indoors, too.
- Palm trees – There are many different varieties, and these plants thrive in harsh conditions. Very easy to care
- English Ivy – A clinging vine that looks gorgeous when growing on a trellis or hanging in a basket.
- Gebera Daisies – Another great decorative plant that flowers in a wide range of colors.
- Author’s Favorite – Golden Pothos – An evergreen vine sometimes known as devil’s vine because it’s almost impossible to kill. Great for someone who wants a houseplant but has trouble keeping plants alive. Makes for an excellent hanging plant. Added bonus – if you have an aquarium, you can let this plant grow its roots into the water to act as a natural filter!
You don’t have to have a green thumb to keep these plants up and running. Caring for plants will not only keep the air quality of your home at a higher standard, but it can be quite therapeutic as well. I bought some Aloe vera plants when they were only a couple inches tall, and they’re well on their way to being over two feet tall now! It’s rewarding, low-maintenance, and not an expensive hobby. Plus, they add a bit of character to the room.
So check out a nearby garden nursery and pick up some new friends! Still interested in our air filtration units? Give us a call at (865) 234-0501 and we can give you all of the details.[/cs_text][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/3″ style=”padding: 10px;”][x_widget_area sidebar=”sidebar-main” ][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]