If you’re concerned about the quality of your air inside your home, chances are you’ve come across the idea that plants can improve indoor air quality. Using plants to enhance your air quality is a smart idea in theory, since plants are affordable, nice to look at, and let out oxygen while they take in carbon dioxide. While they are helpful with indoor air quality, the full story is a little complicated.
A Lab Test Versus Reality
Plants have actually been proven to remove certain toxins from the environment. However, you have to pay attention to the parameters of these plant experiments. Most studies you’ve heard of have been conducted in closed environments in which scientists have tightly controlled every factor. This is far from the environment that we live in on a daily basis. In fact, there are so many variables to consider that it’s too hard to prove conclusively that plants can improve your indoor air quality. If you love greenery, you can definitely enjoy having plants in your home. If you’re actually trying to make a significant difference in your air quality, you may have to pursue a different route.
A Practical Solution
Rather than putting all of your attention on plants and hoping for the best, consider what circulates and filters the air in your home. Your HVAC system essentially controls your access to air. Just changing a filter can make a big difference in how clean the air is in your home. Hiring a technician to perform an annual tune-up is also a good idea. At True Heating & Cooling, we have professionals who can clean out dust and debris as well as fix any worn components in your HVAC system. We can also install an air purifier, humidifier, and ventilator if it makes sense given your home’s layout and conditions.