Do Indoor Plants Help With Indoor Air Quality?

January 19, 2023
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During cold Philadelphia winters, keeping your home closed up as tightly as possible is essential so your heating system can operate efficiently. The problem with a sealed home, though, is that indoor pollutants can begin to collect, thereby reducing your home’s indoor air quality. To understand how plants may help improve indoor air quality, check out this article from your friends at Peters Associates.


You may remember from science class that photosynthesis is a process that plants use to make food using carbon dioxide, sunlight, and water. What many people don’t know, though, is that plants can absorb more than carbon dioxide during photosynthesis. Plants can absorb other indoor pollutants, including formaldehyde, benzene, and more. After the plants absorb these pollutants, they store them in their cells, meaning they permanently stay out of your home’s air.

Release Oxygen

Another part of the photosynthetic process is that plants release oxygen after breaking down carbon dioxide. Thus, plants are both actively removing pollutants from your home’s air and releasing fresh, pure oxygen into the air.

A Good Variety

A fascinating fact about plants is that they don’t all absorb the same pollutants. That’s why Peters Associates recommends that you include a variety of plant species in your indoor garden. Peace lilies, snake plants, spider plants, and different types of ferns all make great choices if you’re looking to get your home’s indoor air a little cleaner.

Helping You Keep Your Home Healthy

At Peters Associates, we believe in helping our customers keep their homes and businesses safe and healthy. That’s why we repair, maintain, and install heating and cooling systems. We also provide duct cleaning, custom ductwork, water heater, and smart home services.

For over 75 years, Peters Associates has been providing excellent service to thousands of satisfied customers. This high level of service consistently earns us five-star reviews. To learn more about how to improve the quality of the air you and your family breathe in your home, contact us at Peters Associates today.

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