Reducing Humidity In Your Home

Beautiful Replacements for a Dehumidifier 

Florida is one of the most rainy states in the country so it is no surprise that it is also one of the most humid. Sounds great, doesn’t it? There are sometimes months where it can rain every single day and with all that humidity building up in your home there is a chance mold will begin to grow. We all know how important it is for mold and other substances to remain out of our home so it will not harm ourselves or our loved ones. Believe it or not there are actually some house plants that reduce the amount of humidity (as well as other pollutants) from your home. Professional AC & Heating wants to share with you four plants that can immediately improve the air quality in your home.

The Reed Palm (Chamaedorea Elegans)

Reed palms are tropical plants that can live in low light and when switched to an area with a lot of light will grow rather rapidly. Because they are a tropical plant their leaves are capable of taking in moisture as well as CO2 from the air. These palms are also great because they don’t run the risk of harming your pets or children if consumed.

The Boston Fern (Nephrolepsis Exaltata Bostoniensis)

This exotic plant, the Boston fern, is also a great dehumidifier that is non-toxic to cats and dogs. This fern only requires a bit of moisture to its soil as well as some indirect sunlight in order to prosper. Besides being a dehumidifier for your home it is also somewhat of an air purifier. This two-in-one plant is capable of removing harmful pollutants like formaldehyde, benzene and xylene from the air, giving it all the more reason to have a place in your home.

English Ivy (Hedera Helix)

English ivy is a houseplant with many beneficial characteristics. They reduce humidity in the home and help people with asthma and allergy problems breathe easier. They also have the impressive ability to remove airborne molds and chemicals like benzene and formaldehyde from the air, significantly reducing the amount of health threatening substances you breathe in every day.

This popular houseplant, while attractive looking and chemically beneficial, does pose some risk to your pets. If their poisonous leaves are consumed by animals such as dogs, cats or horses it can damage their health. That is why many people who have this plant growing in their home choose to put it in a pot hanging from the ceiling to keep out of harm’s way and also to absorb the humidity that rises. English ivies require very little sunlight and only soil moisture to thrive so they’re also very low maintenance.

The Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) Is the Best of them All

The Peace lily is the most beneficial plant you can have in your home for three reasons:

  1. It removes moisture and other contaminants (such as benzene and formaldehyde) from the air through its leaves which will prevent mold from starting. The Peace lily has even been said to be an eliminator of indoor toxins that may cause cancer.
  2. It is incredibly easy to take care of because all you need to do to maintain it is water it a couple of times a week and keep it in a place where there is a bit of sunshine.
  3.  Lastly the Peace lily is a very beautiful plant to have displayed in your home. With it’s long green leaves and elegant white flowers they surely add some eye-candy to your home.

The only negative thing the owner of a Peace lily needs to keep in mind is that these flowers are actually not “lilies” at all and can be mildly toxic to cats, dogs and even small children. When placing this plant in your home be sure to keep it out of harm’s way from your pets and children.

In today’s day and age people are always searching for the greener, more organic way of solving every day problems. Investing in these types of plants for your home are a natural way to fight against pollution while purifying the air at the same time. In addition to those advantages, the fact these plants are typically much better looking than appliances that do the same thing is another added bonus.