One of the most common pieces that guarantee to uplift the look of homes is flowers. But for sure, you’d love them even better if they can serve a greater purpose–like purifying the air in your home.
You may not realize it, but there’s a chance that the air that’s circulating inside your home is more polluted than what’s outdoors. This is of course taking into consideration the natural purification process of outdoor trees and plants that improve air quality.
Good thing, you can also bring the greens and blooms into your home to freshen up your space–including the air you breathe! But don’t just choose a flower according to your liking. Here we’ll end your search with 5 of the air purifying flowers to decorate your home with.
5 Air Purifying Flowers to Freshen Up Your Home
Scientific Name: Orchidaceae
These blooms exhibit unmatched beauty and long life. They require easy maintenance and yet their flowers remain in bloom for long periods of time. But what you didn’t know about these beautiful orchids are their contribution in filtering the air of xylene, particularly the Phalaenopsis Orchids and the Dendrobium Orchids. Interestingly, they also make an ideal flower for the bedroom as orchids are known to give off oxygen at night.
Where to Put it: bedrooms, anywhere in the house
2. Peace Lily
Scientific Name: Spathiphyllum
Their blooms that resemble lilies, as well as their rich green glossy leaves make these flowers a popular all-occasion gift. However, you need to know that while they make an easy option for a housewarming gift because of their decorative and easy maintenance features, Peace Lily is also a miracle worker when it comes to purifying the air. This flower can get rid of elements that may pollute the air inside your home including formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, ammonia, and more.
Where to Put it: kitchen window, anywhere in the house
Scientific Name: Anthurium andraeanum
Whether you want red, pink, green or white anthuriums, there’s no doubt that you’ll not be disappointed with the beauty they offer. For sure, you’ll love these precious flowers more because of their air purifying effects. Anthuriums are more than just a decorative piece as it absorbs ammonia, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene. This is the flower of choice especially in an office where copiers and printers are used.
Where to Put it: offices, study room
4. Gerbera Daisy
Scientific Name: Gerbera jamesonii
If you are someone who is obsessed with cleaning and invests in dry cleaning products, it’s time to also put gerbera daisies inside your home–and this is not only because they add a fresh look to your space. More than that gerberas remove trichloroethylene from the air which is usually a remnant of common household cleaning products. It is also effective in getting rid of benzene and formaldehyde so you’ll have more reasons to put it in your home. However, unlike orchids and lilies, gerberas require greater maintenance and you need to put some effort to ensure that these blooms will last long.
Where to Put it: laundry room, powder room, bedroom, garage
Scientific Name: Rhododendron simsii
Another flower that also acts as a formaldehyde buster is the Azalea. It neutralizes formaldehyde that may be present in your home, usually because of foam insulation or plywood that you use. You’ll recognize it as a beautiful flowering shrub that requires exposure to sunlight to survive. Ideally, azalea flowers should be placed in cool areas, particularly in a room with 60 to 65 degrees temperature.
Where to Put it: basements, workshops, office, bedroom, living room
More than aesthetic benefits, it is clear you can reap huge benefits from the beautiful blooms you adore. Find the flower that’s perfect for your home and place it in its best spot to keep your home in pristine condition, including the air you breathe in.
The author, Micah de Jesus is the SEO Director of GrowthScout SEO Services, a digital marketing firm in Quezon City, Philippines, that caters to the online marketing needs of clients in a range of industry, including public relations, lights and sounds rental, e-commerce, education, online flower shop, and more.