Do Plants Help Indoor Air Quality?

While the interior of your home may smell fresh, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the air is clean. Due to the closed nature of most homes, interior air can be more polluted than the air outside your Statesville home. One way to help combat this issue is to utilize indoor plants. To help you understand why indoor plants are important, here are a few benefits that they offer.

Improve Humidity

One positive effect of plants is that they help regulate the humidity in your home. As you water your plants, they absorb that water and store it in their structures. Depending on the relative humidity of the surrounding air, plants may either store this water or release it. This process of releasing water through transpiration allows extra moisture to enter the air, thus increasing the humidity levels and improving the quality of the air.

Absorb Chemicals

Most people are aware that plants absorb carbon dioxide as one of the first steps of photosynthesis. In addition to carbon dioxide, a plant can absorb other harmful gases in the air that ruin indoor air quality. Volatile organic compounds that are released from paint, new furniture, and other indoor pollutants can be absorbed by plants and changed into compounds that are much less harmful.

Release Oxygen

Another unique talent of plants is that they release oxygen. Oxygen is crucial to life and health within the walls of your home. Though there will be enough oxygen in your home with or without plants, a higher concentration of oxygen due to plants helps ensure that there’s less interior volume available for harmful compounds that could cause poor health. Combined with a plant’s ability to remove harmful chemicals, a plant’s ability to produce oxygen makes it one of the most effective air filters you can buy.

More Ways Than One

If you want to take further steps to improve your indoor air quality, contact us at Airo Mechanical. If there are problems with your HVAC system, it may release pollutants into the air. Call us today to begin the road to fresh and healthy indoor air. We provide a variety of heating, cooling, and plumbing services.

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