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Use the Best Air-Purifying Plants to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

  • July 22, 2013

In the market for a simple air-purification system? According to NASA, you don’t have to look much further than your local nursery. NASA’s landmark Clean Air Study found clear evidence that keeping ordinary houseplants around the home can greatly improve indoor air quality.

Right Beneath Your Nose

Airborne particles from carpeting, caulking compounds, ceiling tiles, paints, computer printers, upholstery and wall coverings — to name just a few — can contribute to an unhealthy breathing space. In addition to benzene, some of these items can leave traces of formaldehyde and ammonia in the air as well. So-called “sick building syndrome” is nothing more than the buildup of harmful emissions in a confined space. If you suffer from chronic allergies or asthma, or even headaches or fatigue, a houseplant could be your first step on the road to good health.

Moisture released by the best air-purifying plants creates convection currents which pull toxic air down into the plant’s soil. The harmful chemicals are then broken down and processed by the plant for food and energy.

A Sample of Plants to Look For

The following are among the best air-purifying plants and flowers, as specified by the NASA study.


  • Specimens which scored high in toxin-removal percentage: The Butterfly Palm, the Bamboo Palm, and the Dwarf Date Palm. Look for that lush, true Floridian look, with large, feathery fronds and sturdy trunks. Greater leaf surface area means greater filtration efficiency .


  • Gerbera Daisy and Florist’s Mum. Both are delightful and available in a stunning array of colors.
  • Peace Lily. Immaculately white with dark green leaves. Tends to bow gracefully when mature.


  • The Spider Plant and the Boston Fern. Two classic hanging plants. Both require only semi-sunny conditions, making them ideal for home offices or small spaces.
  • The Kimberly Queen Fern. Thick and green with finger-like fronds that sprout in all directions.

Remember to mist ferns regularly to reduce leaf drop.
There are many options available in choosing the best air-purifying plants out there. These were merely a few suggestions to help get you started. For more information, feel free to contact us at Comfort Services.