Plants are a beautiful addition to any home. The greenery gives the illusion of indoor/outdoor living for those in colder climates and a conservatory is a wonderful way to freshen the air indoors. According to Den-Son Inc, allergy sufferers can particularly benefit from better air quality, especially in their HVAC system. It’s a good idea to find out which plants are best for improving air quality and also maintaining safety for any animals you might have at home. Here are four of the best houseplants to improve air quality.
1. English Ivy
If you’ve always had dreams of a little brick cottage in England with ivy growing up the sides to the thatched roof of your house and all the greenery in the rain, then English Ivy will be one of your favorite plants. However, this is not a plant for a pet owner, as it can be toxic to dogs and cats if eaten. If you’re someone without plans for pets, English Ivy is a fantastic addition to your houseplant collection that is perfect for cleaning the air.
Do you dream of the tropics? Are you always thinking about a white sand beach next to a gorgeous blue ocean and a hammock between two palms? Bring the tropics inside to you. Palms are good for pet owners because these plants are non-toxic to animals. Palms come in an incredible variety of different plants, and you’re sure to find the perfect one for your home. Best of all, you’ll feel like you’re on a tropical getaway in your own home.
3. Spider Plants
If you want a lot of plant, a spider plant is an excellent choice. You may not need any other plants at all given how these things grow. They’re also beautiful and safe for pets. One of the best things about spider plants is their hardiness. They are very difficult to kill. If they were not plants they would probably star in a horror film due to their ability to multiply and survive just about everything.
4. Wax Plants
No, not plants made of wax! That’s just what they are called due to their waxy leaves. However, these sturdy little plants are a great choice for someone who loves plants but doesn’t exactly have a green thumb. Easy to care for and non-toxic to pets, wax plants are a fantastic choice for the indoor gardener. Their broad green leaves are a delight to behold.
There are many houseplants out there for people from all walks of life, who have varying levels of skill when it comes to caretaking. When you are researching the right plants for your home, be sure to ask whether or not they are toxic to pets or people. Some plants can be toxic to dogs, but not cats and vice versa, so it’s important to find the kinds of plants that will be ideal for you and your household. Whatever plant you choose, you’ll love having nature indoors with you.
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