The Truth About Houseplants and Indoor Air Quality

Many homeowners have heard the popular claim that houseplants can significantly improve indoor air quality. At M and M Heating, AC, Plumbing & Electrical, we often encounter this misconception when discussing indoor air quality solutions with our customers. Today, we’re going to debunk this myth and provide you with accurate information about maintaining clean air in your home.

The Origin of the Myth

The idea that houseplants can purify indoor air stems from a 1989 NASA study that examined ways to clean air in space stations. While the study did show that plants could remove certain pollutants in a controlled environment, the conditions were far from typical household settings.

Why Houseplants Aren’t Enough

Here are the reasons why relying on houseplants for air purification is not practical:

  • Scale: You would need an unrealistic number of plants to make a noticeable difference in air quality.
  • Efficiency: Plants are much slower at removing pollutants compared to modern air purification systems.
  • Consistency: Plants’ air-cleaning abilities can vary based on factors like light exposure and overall health.
  • Limited range: Plants can only affect air quality in their immediate vicinity.

Effective Indoor Air Quality Solutions

While plants are beautiful additions to your home, they shouldn’t be your primary method for improving air quality. Instead, consider these proven solutions:

1. Regular HVAC maintenance
2. High-quality air filters
3. Whole-home air purification systems
4. Proper ventilation

At M and M Heating, AC, Plumbing & Electrical, we offer professional indoor air quality assessments and can recommend the best solutions for your specific needs. Don’t rely on myths – trust the experts to help you breathe easier in your home.