January 5, 2021

If you’ve noticed more dust buildup, allergy or asthma symptoms, poor indoor air quality could be to blame. Most Americans spend at least 90% of their time indoors, and a majority of that time is spent at home. If you’ve heard that houseplants could boost your Peoria, AZ, home’s indoor air quality, you might be encouraged to give them a try. Before you set up a greenhouse in your home, though, here’s what you need to know about the ways indoor plants affect air quality.

Pollen

Houseplants’ aesthetic appeal can make them a good choice for your home. However, they won’t dramatically improve air quality. If you choose a flowering houseplant, it could release pollen. Even if you’re not allergic to pollen, the particles can irritate your nasal passages. When you’re affected by pollen allergies, you may want to select a plant that doesn’t produce flowers. Good options include succulents and philodendron.

Increase in Spores

If you overwater your plants, mold and mildew could grow on their leaves or in the flower pots. Mold spores a common trigger of allergy and asthma symptoms. Be sure to carefully research the preferred conditions of any houseplant. Avoid giving the plants too much water. Also, test the soil before you water the plants.

Reduction of Carbon Dioxide

Plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. However, you’d need about one houseplant per every five square feet of space in your home to make a noticeable reduction of carbon dioxide levels. This is also true for volatile organic compound removal. Putting a few plants in your home won’t make a huge difference in particles, vapors or other indoor air pollutants.

1st Choice Mechanical LLC is the trusted provider of indoor air quality services in Peoria. We also offer reliable heating and air conditioning maintenance, repair, replacement and installation services. Other services we provide include quality appliance repair and dependable duct cleaning. To learn more about how houseplants affect indoor air quality or to schedule service, please get in touch with us at 1st Choice Mechanical LLC today.

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