Do you remember your very first science experiment in school? We’re willing to bet that for some, that science experiment involved some seeds, some soil and a styrofoam cup. Did we nail it?

There’s a very good reason that these DIY gardening lessons have made it into the curriculums of so many. It’s because while plants are our main source of oxygen creation, they also play a tremendous role in our health and wellness overall — especially when it comes to indoor air quality.


Besides being riddled with dust particles and allergens, there are three main contaminants that are often found floating within household air: Formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethane. These are all a product of simple household materials and cleaning products, that can cause asthma, cancer, organ damage, or worse. Luckily, purchasing the plants below can help stop some of these air pollutants in their tracks:

  • Bamboo Palms (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
  • Chinese Evergreens (Aglaonema modestum)
  • English Ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Ficus, or Weeping Figs (Ficus benjamina)
  • Gerbera Daisies (Gerbera jamesonii)
  • Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
  • Pot Mums (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
  • Spider Plants (Chlorophytum comosum)

While they make a great first line of defense, remember that houseplants should not be your home’s only protection from air pollutants. In fact, the absolute best way to boost your home air quality is with a clean-filtered, fully functioning HVAC system. That’s where Tyler Heating & Air Conditioning comes in!

For more information about how we can help you take control over your home’s indoor air quality, call 203-378-4700.