All houses are filled with chemicals such as carbon monoxide and benzene, coming from wood products, paints and rubber used in home construction. Using houseplants to improve air quality makes cleaning the air almost effortless. Many of these plants convert carbon dioxide to oxygen at different times during the day. Develop a green fingers, enjoy soothing colours of nature and breathe easier.
The snake plant, also known as the mother-in-law's tongue, has very good oxygen-producing capabilities. The vertically growing plant generally doesn't extend outside of the perimeter of the container. Humidity levels inside the home are not an issue, and the plant does well in any light. Water when the top 1/3 of the soil is dry and do bimonthly feedings. This plant converts carbon dioxide into oxygen during the nighttime hours. Having several snake plants in the bedroom can help provide better sleep. The plants also clean the air by removing chemicals such as formaldehyde.
Areca palms work during the daytime to convert carbon dioxide to oxygen. They also remove chemicals from the air. This type of palm tolerates normal household temperatures and prefers higher humidity. Indirect bright light is best, and water when the soil is dry to the touch, making sure to water completely around the plant. Remove excess water within a few hours to reduce the risk of root rot. Four plants of shoulder height per person, per household can provide enough oxygen to survive in a sealed environment.
Another plant that works at night is the Gerbera daisy. Sleep soundly and breathe easier by keeping the plants in the bedroom. They come in a variety of colours including pink, yellow, orange, white and red, and have a flower stage of up to six weeks, typically beginning in July and ending in September. The plants prefer full sun and moderately moist soil that drains easily. Do not allow the plant's crown to be below the soil. During growth periods, feed every other week.
Growing plants for food inside the home will have the effect of a mini-greenhouse. A variety of sprouts, such as those used in salads and Asian dishes, along with herbs produce oxygen and possess air-cleaning qualities. Eating the raw greens will also increase oxygen intake slightly.