Plants that Add Humidity to Your Home
Living in the Phoenix area has its perks—warm weather, sunshine, and low humidity. But dry air isn’t always good for you. In fact, dry air is known to cause respiratory ailments such as asthma, bronchitis, chronic bloody noses and other problems. To help improve the air quality of your home without investing in heavy duty humidifiers and other costly devices, we thought we might give you a list of the best house plants that can be both improve humidity levels in the air and be easy on your wallet.
According to research done by NASA, the Areca Palm is one of the most efficient air purifying plants around in addition to its excellent humidifying properties. In fact, a large Areca Palm is capable of transpiring nearly one-quart of water in 24 hours. These plants thrive in bright, filtered light, and enjoy lots of water.
Thought to be one of the oldest plants still in existence—ferns have been around for millions of years. The Boston Fern is an easy, reliable household plant that doesn’t require a green thumb to thrive. Its only requirement is frequent water or misting, but it’ll reward you with added humidity in your home.
The Peace Lily prefers medium to low sunlight, filtered, and moist but well-drained soil. Some varieties of this plant can grow as large as six feet and produce dramatic white flowers making it very pleasing to the eye. It’s a good plant to choose if you want to filter the air of chemicals as well as add to the humidity of your home. The one caveat is that this plant is toxic to both cats and dogs if ingested, so you’ll want to make sure they know not to mess with it.
This might be the nicest looking of all the plants on this list with its glossy leaves and red edges. However, this slow-growing plant is more than just pretty to look at—it possesses a couple fantastic qualities. It’s exceptional at removing formaldehyde and benzene from the air as well as other toxins while also creating a humid environment for itself. The marginata prefers bright indirect light but doesn’t mind lower light levels.
If you’re interested in other solutions to your homes air-quality issues, Parker & Sons offers a range of products and services perfect for doing just that! Give us a call today at (602) 273-7247 or schedule an appointment online to learn more!