The sun is shining, throw the windows and door open, if like me you dislike air conditioning a more environmentally friendly way to keep the temperature down in your house is beautiful plants.
Plants can keep your house cool because they lose water during transpiration, which cools the air around the plants, leaving it purified and fresh. proper use of plants could decrease air temperature in the home by as much as 10 degrees. Plus, the moisture released by these plants helps maintain indoor humidity. You may want to consider adding certain plants that can not only keep the air cool, but help flush out toxins as well.
There’s something special about having a little bit of green in your home, whether it’s a spider plant hanging from a hook or some herbs growing on your kitchen window sill. If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few plant selections that are perfect for each room in your house.
Your bedroom should be your sanctuary — a place to relax and unwind after a long hard day at work.
- Jasmine — This soft-scented plant has been shown to help improve sleep quality, plus, it’s beautiful and smells divine!
- Lavender — Studies have repeatedly proven lavender aids in sleep because of its calming scent, which makes it an excellent addition to any bedroom.
- Snake plant (Mother In Laws Tongue)— Not only is this plant nearly impossible to kill — even if you forget about it — but it also helps filter out toxins from the air.
- Aloe — The aloe vera plant helps remove airborne toxins, produces oxygen and even provides skin care. The juice from its leaves is useful for treating burns. Having an aloe vera plant on hand will not only come in handy if you get any nasty sunburns, but it is also effective at cooling the air temperature and as a bonus its great at removing formaldehyde from the air.
Your bathroom probably has the highest humidity in the house, making it ideal for a variety of different plants, including:
- Fern — Ferns thrive in humid, low-light environments, which is the basic description of every bathroom everywhere. They also are excellent at filtering out toxins, like the ones that might be hiding in your personal care products.
- Air plant — This succulent looks neat, requires only a little spritz of water every day and thrives in low-light, high-humidity environments.
- Begonia — If you’ve got a window in your bathroom — even a frosted one — consider adding some begonias to your room.
There are so many different plants that can flourish in your kitchen and being there where you are able to keep an eye on them daily improves their chances of survival if you are less than green fingered.
- Herbs — They can thrive in small pots or a kitchen window box, smell wonderful and taste delicious in your favorite recipes.
- English Ivy — A super-easy plant to grow in your kitchen window. It thrives in direct sunlight, and also helps remove airborne toxins.
- Cast-iron plant (Aspidistra) — This plant it is an outstanding addition to the kitchen because it is so hardy. No matter what the conditions are in your kitchen, this plant will thrive.
Add an aloe plant — just for those times when you inevitably burn yourself on a hot pan or get splattered with grease.
Often the best room for plants but consider moving them out in the winter f you have a woodburner or open fire. Some good choices include:
- Peace lily — This beautiful plant will bloom almost constantly if you keep it in direct sunlight, plus it’s probably one of the best plants that filter out airborne toxins. It’s also easy to care for but maybe will need watering a little more often than some of your plants.
- Dragon tree — In addition to having a really cool-sounding name, these plants can grow up to 10 feet tall indoors, making your living room feel like a lush jungle.
- Areca Palm Tree— You need some room for this plant, but if you’ve got enough space for its ample foliage, this dwarf palm tree can make a fantastic addition to any living room. In addition to cooling off your home, the areca palm can remove benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air.
- Phalaenopsis (Orchid) is a plant with wonderful flowers and thy are amazingly easy to keep. It emits a lot of oxygen at nighttime and clears the air of toluene.
Most plants are resilient, play around find which rooms suit them best,they will bounce back from living in the wrong room for a few weeks and thrive when you find the right spot for them.