Do Plants Improve Air Quality?

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Plants are known to be important for decoration within the home. People love to introduce house plants like succulents, bulbs, and shrubs within indoor flower beds into their living spaces, and for good reason. Plant matter acts as a natural air quality enhancer and a mood booster all at the same time. But many people fail to realize how to properly care for their decorative house plants and end up having to purchase multiple new fixtures within the home each year. With this guide, mixing plants with a number of other great amenities can give you the perfect look for your home while also serving the health and comfort of your property all at once.

Plants are fantastic decorative pieces.


Whether you’re considering exterior plants for a patio or garden, or indoor bushes, ferns, or trees to complement a living room or kitchen, plants are a must in any home. They do a great job of reimagining the energy of a property, and a healthy dose of plant life can even improve the air quality in the room as well. This is because of the natural process of “breathing” that plants do in order to continue growing and producing the flowers and leaves that make for a lively room or patio space.

Plants can provide a pop of color that can be difficult to find with any other type of decoration in the home. Perennials, shrubs, indoor succulents, vines, daylilies, petunias, snake plants, small palm trees, ornamental grasses, or other blooms that love to grow in a pot are a great addition to the decor of any room in the home. The truth is that plants come in a variety of containers and with different sun and water requirements, so there is an option out there that will perfectly suit any room in your home.

Adding a perennial is the perfect way to soothe the feeling of a room and provide an internal comfort that can go a long way for creating additional peace of mind in any home. This is a powerful psychological effect and blooms on a plant signal the coming of early spring and the warmer months that follow. This means that cultivating new plants in your home can trick your mind into thinking that the weather year-round is sunny and beautiful, mitigating—at least in part—the harmful effects of diagnoses like seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Add in additional air purification elements for the best in-home air quality.


A portable HEPA air filter is the final touch to any room in your home. When used in series with shrubs or other plants in containers, you can rest assured that the air you and your family breathe in the home will always be top quality. Air conditioners and even window screens don’t always do the best job at filtering out harmful particles from the open air, and as a result, many family homes are left with less-than-stellar indoor air quality. This can lead to skin and breathing conditions that most people would much rather avoid. With plants and an air filter in use in your home, getting the best quality air is always something that you can expect in your living spaces.

Air quality is something that many people forget to incorporate in their renovations, repairs, and routine home improvement projects. Yet poor air quality can quickly affect your mood, energy, and much more. This is a silent but important aspect of maintaining a well-functioning home and keeping up with the busy schedule that you and your family maintain throughout the year.

With these great approaches to improving the indoor air quality of your home, you can be assured that you and your family will always be breathing the best air possible at all times.

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