If submitting a service request after hours or on the weekend, please note it is best to call.
(361) 235-3905 Request Service

Best Indoor Plants to Improve IAQ

January 16, 2018 | Blog

Best Indoor Plants to Improve IAQEven in warm, humid Coastal Bend, Texas, it can get downright chilly. So like our neighbors further north, we close our windows and turn on the furnace. But in times of prolonged cold weather, our houses become stuffy and the air gets stale. Opening a window can let out the heated air, forcing the furnace to work harder, so what are we to do to freshen the air?

A few years back research from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was released proving that indoor plants could actually improve air quality in closed spaces — such as our homes. The plants do so by absorbing gases through pores on the leaves as part of the photosynthesis process. The good news is that they don’t just absorb carbon dioxide, but other harmful gases such as the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can build up in our homes, including benzene and formaldehyde.

If that sounds intriguing, here are a few indoor plants that you can easily grow that may help improve your air.

Indoor Plants for Better Air Quality

1. Garden mum. If you only grow one indoor plant, grow the garden mum. Research shows they remove benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and ammonia from the air. You can plant them outdoors when they are finished blooming.

2. Dracaena. A common foliage plant, Dracaena is available in 40 different species. The only proviso is they are toxic to pets, so if you choose one, keep it where your dog or cat can’t reach it. They remove benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and trichloroethylene.

3. Ficus. Another common indoor plant is the Ficus, which can remove formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene. They can grow very tall so make sure you have the right space.

4. Snake Plant. This is a real survivor — very hard to kill, although it needs occasional watering and partial sun. It will absorb xylene, formaldehyde and benzene.

Other top performing VOC-removing plants are Bamboo Palm, Aloe Vera, Boston Fern and Peace Lily.

For more on indoor plants and other means to improve your air quality, contact CCAC — serving Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about your HVAC system, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 361-678-2495.  

Credit/Copyright Attribution: “Free-Photos/Pixabay”  

Constantly Concerned About You!

Professional Team
Our ac technicians are highly trained, professional and committed to getting the job done right the first time.
Reliable Service
You can count on our expert ac technicians to provide high-quality air conditioning services with quality products and transparent pricing.
Customer Service
You deserve excellent customer service. That's why we strive to be courteous and professional through the entire service process.

What Our Customers Are Saying

Very Satisfied

I’ve had a system purchased and installed by them for several years with the maintenance contract the whole time. I’ve been very satisfied with the service. You can’t go wrong selecting them for your business.

Joseph S.

Pleasure to Work With

Mathews CCAC conducted the semi-annual inspection of the A/C, heating system for the fall check-up, Technician was on time, courteous and went quickly about the inspection and observed all COVID-19 protocols for his and our safety a pleasure to work with this company

Steven L.

Great Company

Great company. Contacted my current AC company to check on my warranty before charging me anything. Saved me a bunch of money and headache if dealing with anything. Would definitely recommend them and use them again.

Ryan W.