Besides the aesthetic benefits of having plants and flowers in your home, household plants have some very redeeming health qualities as well. Spending a majority of the time indoors, most people don’t think twice about the quality of air inside their homes and offices. Perhaps the best reason to have a few plants in your home is to help clean out toxins and impurities in the air. The scientists at NASA conducted a Clean Air Study in search of finding the best ways to filter and clean the air of the International Space Station. They found a number of plants to be highly effective at removing toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene and ammonia from the air. Here is the list of plants that clean the air the best.

Best Indoor plants for Air Purification

Dwarf Date Palm– (Formaldehyde, Xylene)

Boston Fern– (Formaldehyde, Xylene)

Chinese Evergreen– (Formaldehyde, Benzene)

Devil’s Ivy– (Formaldehyde, Benzene, Xylene)

Flamingo Lily– (Formaldehyde, Xylene, Ammonia)

Barberton Daisy– (Trichloroethylene, Formaldehyde, Xylene)

English Ivy– (Trichloroethylene, Formaldehyde, Xylene, Benzene)

Peace Lily– (Trichloroethylene, Formaldehyde, Xylene, Benzene, Ammonia)

Florist’s Chrysanthemum– (Trichloroethylene, Formaldehyde, Xylene, Benzene, Ammonia)

Associated Symptoms

Trichloroethylene – excitement, dizziness, headache, nausea, and vomiting followed by drowsiness and coma.

Formaldehyde – irritation to the nose, mouth, and throat, and in severe cases, swelling of larynx and lungs.

Benzene – eye irritation, drowsiness, dizziness, increased heart rate, headaches, confusion, and in some cases unconsciousness.

Xylene – mouth and throat irritation, dizziness, headache, confusion, heart problems, liver and kidney damage, and coma.

Ammonia – eye irritation, coughing, and sore throat.

If you experience any of these symptoms, besides contacting your doctor, you should consider buying a few of these plants to help clean the air in your house and office. Another aspect of keeping your air clean is having an efficient and clean AC system in your home. If you’re looking for the best air conditioning in Miami, contact Chills Air Conditioning by calling (305).778.2665 or by visiting their website at