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Last updated July. 27, 2018
When it comes to controlling indoor temperature, the average person relies on machines. There are basically three major categories of these machines including electric fans, air conditioners, and air coolers.
While these machines can really get the temperature down, they all have limitations.
Even air coolers that use the natural process of evaporation and have the reputation of being environmentally friendly still consume electricity and can contribute meaningfully to the energy bill when used extensively during the summer month.
Even though the amount of electricity it consumes may not be too much like what is obtainable with the air conditioner, it can still be a little expensive to blast the machine at full speed during the height of the summer.
There is a way, however, that cost far less and is more environmentally friendly. The use of plants in the indoor environment can be very efficient in keeping the temperature down to a certain degree.
Most individuals that have potted plants keep them for aesthetic purposes. Plants can do much more than that.
By introducing some species into your indoor environment, you can improve the temperature condition in your house.
Through transpiration, plants lose water and this helps to keep the air around the plant cool. When you have a good number of certain plants, they can significantly help to lower the temperature.
Another wonderful thing about some of these plants is that they can help to flush some toxic substances from the air.
There are quite a number of plants that have been found to be very efficient in purifying the air by getting rid of most indoor air impurities.
NASA championed a study to determine this and there have been more inquiries to determine just how much these plants can help.
There is a USDA estimate that proper use of indoor plants can get air temperature to as much as 100 lower.
The moisture that will be released by the plants will also help to maintain indoor humidity around 30 – 60% which is ideal for human comfort. The condition can also help to prevent such materials as wood from cracking as a result of dryness.
The advantages that can be derived from the use of indoor plants are just too numerous when you get the right plant into your indoor space.
Without further ado, we will consider six important plants that you can get to cool your indoor air and enjoy the accompanying benefits.
Aloe Vera is everyone’s darling. The plant is quite popular for so many reasons. It is believed to have so many health benefits and is used extensively in alternative medicine and for home remedies for such incidents as sunburn.
Some people also keep them at home for aesthetic purposes. Aloe Vera has been found to be very effective in improving indoor air quality.
It has also been found to be effective in removing formaldehyde (a known indoor impurity) from the air. Having them as part of your indoor plants has several advantages.
Areca Palm Tree
The Areca palm is also very popular in certain places as an indoor plant. It is often used as a decorative plant for living rooms and is highly regarded for its resilience.
The palm is a reputed humidifier that can help to keep the humidity level of your room ideal while significantly reducing the temperature simultaneously.
Asides cooling your indoor space and improving the humidity, the areca palm tree has also been found to be efficient in removing benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air.
With the many benefits that come from having this plant in your indoor space, there is no reason why you shouldn’t get it.
The Ficus tree is one of the plants in this list that can grow too big. It is still possible, however, to grow it as an indoor plant as the benefits it can offer are just too important to be forfeited due to its size.
The tree which is also referred to as weeping fig can get as tall as 10 feet but they are efficient in cooling the air and improve air quality by removing such impurities as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.
Another important thing about this plant is the fact that it is a low maintenance plant that can survive severe conditions.
Fern is also rated by NASA as one of the plants that can significantly remove impurities from the air. In addition to that, it can be very efficient in cooling the temperature of any place.
Fern is also a known humidifier that can help to keep the humidity of your indoor space within the limit that will ensure comfort.
As an air purifying plant, fern has a reputation of removing formaldehyde and xylene from the air. The fact that it is also relatively easy to grow means that you should consider it among the plants to get for cooling your indoor air.
The snake plant is also referred to as mother-in-law’s tongue. It is a very resilient plant that can survive tough condition and has shown an incredible ability in cooling indoor air.
It will also help to improve the air quality of your room by absorbing such indoor air impurities as benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene, making it one of the most efficient plants when it comes to air purification.
The snake plant is also known to give out a reasonable amount of oxygen at night. It is one plant that will help to give you the perfect night rest.
This is another plant that is extremely easy to care for. Even if you are not the type of individual that will always remember to care for your plant, the golden pothos still has great chances of surviving with minimal care and little light.
It has also been found to be very efficient in cooling indoor air and purifying it too.
There is no need to spend more on cooling when there are ways to get your home cool without spending too much.
Though indoor plants may not give you the required amount of cooling during the height of the summer, they will significantly reduce the temperature and compliment other cooling solutions.
This can have a really impressive outcome on how much you spend on cooling.
If you have any further questions, contact us and we would be happy to help you.