Plants have long been used to add aesthetic value to homes. But unknown to many, certain plant types can help cleanse the indoor air and keep your home cool–a boon during the scorching summer heat. If plants occupy the majority of the space in your home, you’ll notice that the surrounding air is considerably lower than the outside environment.

In simpler words, you’ll be able to enjoy a cooler environment, without switching the air conditioner on and skyrocketing your electricity bill. Let’s understand the eight types of indoor plants you should add to your home.

Plant Idea #1: Aloe Vera

It’s no secret that Aloe Vera is excellent for your skin, particularly when it comes to treating sunburns. According to research, this plant can effectively remove formaldehyde, an indoor air pollutant, from the air. If you want to add a chic look to your living room, go for this plant and make sure to place it in a decorative, eye-catching pot (as shown above).

You can place it in a bright sunny spot and water it every couple of weeks. This succulent is easy to care for and is perfect for a home with a modern and contemporary interior design style.

Plant Idea #2: Golden Pothos

Also known as Devil’s Ivy, Golden Pothos is another air-purifying plant that can effectively kill harmful toxins (think: formaldehyde, benzene, and toluene) and purify the air, cooling it in the process.

What’s more, you only need to water this plant every 7 to 10 days, making it low maintenance, beautiful addition to your home. If you have pets at home, a word of caution: This plant can be harmful to cats and dogs, so keep it tucked away from your furry buddies.

Plant Idea #3: Baby Rubber Plant

The rubber plant, also known as Ficus Robusta, is among the top-50 plants that can purify the indoors. This plant can effectively add moisture, remove bio effluents, and suppress air-based microorganisms when placed in a room. With time, this plant can remove toxins from the air.

Here’s how this works: The bacteria from the plant break up the toxins from the air and feast on them. The result? Clean air is emitted into the surroundings.

Plant Idea #4: Fiddle Leaf Fig

The Fiddle Leaf Fig, or Ficus Lyrata, is another worthy candidate on this list. This gorgeous, luxe-looking plant with waxy green leaves doubles as the perfect setting against light-coloured furnishings, as shown here. In terms of its air-cooling properties, this plant too can remove toxins from the air. To take better care of it, place it near a sun-facing window in your home or office.

Plant Idea #5: Areca Palm

Anytime you walk into someone’s living room, you’re bound to see the Areca Palm tree. Not only is it great-looking, but it can also purify and rejuvenate the air within your home. It is also known as the most-effective air humidifier. In other words, as per NASA, it helps to safeguard people from any side effects connected with prevalent toxins such as formaldehyde, ammonia, and benzene.

Plant Idea #6: Peace Lilly

Peace lily, also known as Spathiphyllum, looks beautiful in this seagrass pot. This multi-purpose plant is easy to maintain and can effectively purify the air. A handy tip: Go for a Peace Lily plant that has large, lush leaves as they emit the highest amount of oxygen and moisture into the air. Also, remember that this plant offers long-lasting beautiful white flowers, which typically bloom in spring. So, even in terms of aesthetics, this plant checks all the boxes.

Plant Idea #7: Snake Plant

The Snake plant has one of the highest water contents, making it a powerful plant to cool down your home. To make the most of this amazing plant, place them next to a window as this plant does well in a sunny spot.

Plant Idea #8: Boston Fern

The same study by NASA claims that the Boston Fern plant can help remove traces of formaldehyde per hour more than the rest of the plants examined. Additionally, Boston Fern can also remove heavy metals such as mercury as well as arsenic from the soil.

Not sure how to group the right kind of indoor plants together? Get in touch with our design experts at HomeLane for some fresh ideas and amazing tips. We’ll make sure that your home is not only aesthetically pleasing but cools down in the warmer months, creating a nice, (literal) cool vibe all year round.

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