3 Plants That Improve Your Indoor Air Quality


If you have notice recently, it seems that the haze is coming back again. Depending on the PSI, the health impact of haze is dependent on one’s health status. If the PSI level exceed 100, it is recommended to reduce outdoor activities and stay in door. NEA now has a site that dedicates to haze monitoring. It even shows the trend chart by pollutants.

In case, the PSI starts trending up, here are 3 house plants to help you improve your indoor air quality.

This was a study conducted by Researcher Kamal Meattle. He discovered that by having these 3 common household plants together, you have the capacity to grow your own fresh air.

The 3 Plant are:

  1. Areca Palm aka "the living room plant"
  2. Mother-in-law's Tongue aka "the bedroom plant"
  3. Money Plant aka "the specialist plant"

With these three plants, you can grow all the fresh air you need. In fact, you could be in a bottle with a cap on top, and you would not die at all, and you would not need any fresh air. We have tried these plants at our own building in Delhi, which is a 50,000-square-feet, 20-year-old building. And it has close to 1,200 such plants for 300 occupants. Our studies have found that there is a 42 percent probability of one's blood oxygen going up by one percent if one stays indoors in this building for 10 hours. via link

Areca Palm aka "the living room plant"

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Why the living room plant: This plant removes xylene and toluene from the air, but also happens to convert a lot of CO2 (carbon dioxide) to O2 (oxygen) during the daytime.

Tip: When selecting an Areca palm look for plants with larger caliber trunks at the base of the plant. Plants that have pencil thin stems tend to topple over and are quite difficult to maintain.

Mother-in-law's Tongue aka "the bedroom plant"

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Why the bedroom plant: This plant works in the opposite to Areca Palm. It converts CO2 (carbon dioxide) to O2 (oxygen) at night, making it ideal to have several in your bedroom.

Tip: While this plant has high tolerance level, it does not like to be in soggy soil. Sagging leaves does not mean that it needs more water but maybe just short of sunlight.

Money Plant aka "the specialist plant"

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Why the specialist plant: Beside the myth to bring wealth and prosperity into your home or office, the money plant act as a filter to toxins and volatile organic compound which are produced by new furnishings. (especially useful for brand new HDB flats)

Tip: This plant prefers indirect light and will tolerate low light. If the plant begins to yellow , it needs more light.

Here is the Ted video that Kamal Meattle spoke on "How to grow fresh air". Less than 5mins and it is totally worth it.

In this TED Talk, Indian research Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, when used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air. With its air-filtering plants and sustainable architecture, Kamal Meattle's office park in New Delhi is a model of green business.

What do you think? Would you put these houseplants in your flat?