As the cold weather lingers and your windows stay sealed for a few more weeks, what better time to be reminded of the importance of your indoor air quality.  Whether you know it or not, there are chemicals and contaminants filling the air we breathe.  After a long winter of being shut indoors, common household plants can help you improve the air quality in your home.  As green grass grows outside this month, add some greenery to your home.  Check out these five plants to help improve air quality.

Peace Lily

This plant blooms in the shade and helps remove harmful toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene and more.  Don’t forget about the beautiful white flower that blooms from this plant!

Bamboo Plant

Especially good for the winter months, this plant adds moisture into the air. Place this guy in a sunny spot and not only will he grow tall and durable, but he will also help eliminate other harmful toxins from the air.

Spider Plant

Often find yourself with houseplants you can’t seem to keep alive? This plant, often labeled one of the easiest houseplants to grow, is the perfect fit for you.  Thriving in the indirect sunlight, this plant not only grows flowers but also removes formaldehyde and xylene from the air.


The Dracaena is a leafy plant that comes in many different varieties, sizes and colors.  Helpful for eliminating formaldehyde, xylene, toluene and other toxins, this is a plant you will want to keep away from your furry friends.

Aloe Vera

An easy-to-care-for plant whose leaves contain vitamins, enzymes and other compounds.  In addition, this plant also removes formaldehyde from the air you breathe.

If this weekly botany lesson has you thinking about how to improve your home, reach out to a member of our team with your home financing questions.