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5 Air-Purifying Low-Maintenance Indoor Houseplants

Written by A. Borrelli Mechanical on 05.28.21

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We spend about 90 percent of our time indoors, according to the EPA. That means that the time spent inside exposes us to indoor air pollution. And although it would require filling your home with absurdly massive amounts of plants to impact VOC levels, indoor plants can still have air quality and health benefits that don't require turning your home into a jungle. 

Indoor plants reduce levels of CO2 and increase the relative humidity in your home. This can:

  • reduce irritation to eyes, ears, nose, and throat
  • prevent or ease coughing and congestion
  • lower your stress levels

5 Air-Purifying Indoor Plants to Buy

These low-maintenance, easy-to-care-for indoor plants are perfect for those who have a green thumb and those who don't.

1) Garden Mum - One of the most popular air-purifying plants, these beautiful and colorful plants require bright light during their bloom. They help to remove formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene.

2) Dracaena - With over 40 different varieties, you're sure to find one that fits your space and home. They help to remove formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, and trichloroethylene. 

Caution: these plants are toxic to cats and dogs when consumed. So pet owners should opt for a different plant. 

3) Snake Plant/Mother-in-Law’s Tongue - This is another perfect beginner plant because it doesn't require a lot of work or maintenance. They can be grown with little water, sun and humidity, and help remove formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, and trichloroethylene. 

4) Spider Plant - These are among the easiest air-purifying indoor plants to grow. They can be grown in bright, indirect sunlight, and help to reduce pollutants like formaldehyde and xylene. 

5) Peace Lily - These small plants are perfect for compact homes and living spaces and can be grown in a shady spot. They help remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. 


Indoor air quality is essential to your health and the health of other occupants of your space. One of the best ways to eliminate harmful air particles in your home is to install a UV light purifier. Contact A. Borrelli today to see how you can install UV lights in your home. 

Topics: Air Quality

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