Living in an apartment or condominium can be confining. It’s not just the space that gets a little stuffy sometimes; it’s also the air quality. Many condo-dwellers purchase devices like air purifiers or humidifiers to try to regulate the air quality of their home. However, these devices can take up an inordinate amount of space, especially when there are so few square feet to begin with. These types of devices can also be quite expensive.
As an alternative, that’s natural and inexpensive, many purchase air purifying plants. The plants are capable of purifying various toxins from the air while adding a dash of natural color to your living space. With so many people spending so much time at home these days, it’s never been more important to ensure the quality of your air.
Here are 4 air purifying plants perfect for your apartment:
For starters, the bamboo plant is very low maintenance. It requires some natural light but does not need direct sunlight to survive. Keep an eye out for any yellow or brown leaves. Typically, if the leaves on a bamboo plant are not green, they are not healthy and, therefore, cannot produce fresh oxygen.
This plant is not only beautiful and elegant, but it also packs a powerful punch against unclean air. One of the primary benefits of a bamboo plant is its air purifying quality. It will take in and absorb carbon dioxide directly from the air, and release oxygen back out. Let your bamboo plant flag wave, and purify the air in your apartment.
These daisies originated in Africa and come packed with vibrancy and beauty. You can find Gerber daisies in different sizes, typically ranging from 8 – 24 inches in height. Expect to see them shining in variations of pinks, yellows, oranges, and whites. These do not require as much water in the winter time and are fairly easy to maintain. Don’t be surprised if you also find them outdoors as they can live both inside and outside.
One of the Gerber (or Gerbera) daisy’s best qualities is its effectiveness against chemicals in the air. More specifically, benzene. This chemical has very damaging effects to humans, as it can cause cells to stop working properly. Bad cases can also lead to things like anemia and damaged immune systems. Utilize Gerber daisies to cleanse toxic gases that can enter your apartment.
Similar to other green plants, ferns purify air through what is called phytoremediation. Gases are absorbed through their roots and leaves, and then broken down to remove the harmful components. Boston ferns, in particular, are incredibly strong at purifying air in homes. They can take on harmful toxins, like benzene mentioned earlier, along with formaldehyde and toluene. Boston ferns thrive in indirect sunlight but are fairly low maintenance overall.
Last, but not least, spider plants make great air-purifying, indoor plants. Following the trend of the previous three plants, spider plants enjoy bright, indirect sunlight. They are commonly seen sprouting strings of flowers that will grow into baby spider plants down the road. These plants have a ton of benefits. You can find them in many hotels, hospitals, and businesses for the positive energy they emit.
Spider plants are powerful combatants against toxins in the air. Among toxins previously noted, these plants also defend against carbon monoxide. This toxic gas is dangerously illusive, as it is both colorless and odorless, making it extremely difficult to detect. Putting up natural walls of defense, like spider plants, can keep your apartment safe, clean and beautiful.
If you’re looking to improve your air quality while adding a splash of natural greenery to your apartment, try purchasing one of these plants. They’re inexpensive and make great natural companions.
Author bio: Alex Capozzolo is the owner of the Brotherly Love Real Estate blog and a content writer for the real estate industry. He enjoys going on long hikes and backpacking trips on the West Coast.