You have a fundamental right to clean air. But is that your daily at-home reality? For most, the answer is “no,” which helps explain why indoor air is up to five times more polluted than outdoor air.

While there are numerous ways to make changes for the better, one that’s particularly effective is outfitting your home with an assortment of indoor plants known for their air cleansing properties. Think of it as another arrow in the constant fight against airborne viruses, flus, bacteria, and germs.

Here are a few examples of house plants that can help keep all that serious stuff out of your lungs.


One of the most popular houseplants, philondendrons are also excellent air purifiers and remove formaldehyde gases from the air. Plus, they are practically maintenance-free, with quick-growing trailing vines and pretty heart-shaped leaves. They can take full sun to shade if watered regularly.

Golden Pothos

This leafy vine can be hung in midair or set on a shelf to climb all the way across it. Also known as the Devil’s Ivy, it grows steadily in low or fluorescent light. It’s one of the easiest plants out there to keep alive.

Peace Lily

This stunning plant grows up to sixteen inches and boasts gorgeous white blooms beginning in summer.


Dracaena like to be kept moist in a semi-sunny to shady location. Warneck, Janet Craig, red-edged, and cornstalk dracaenas have been rated the highest in removing air pollutants.

Snake Plant

Also called “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue,” this plant is very easy to grow. Water heavily then let it dry out before watering again. It can survive any location from sun to shade.

English Ivy

This climbing evergreen perennial can grow up to fifty feet tall. Studies have shown that in addition to removing toxins, English ivy can reduce particles of fecal matter and mold in the air.

Which plants are the easiest to care for and best suited for your home? Consult with your local florist to eliminate the guesswork. Or contact Zach Heating & Cooling today to schedule an on-site proposal for a whole-house air filtration system – the kind that can remove more than 99% of airborne contaminants as they travel through your air ducts.