The Best Plants for Improving Your Home Office Air Quality

Many plants have great air filtering qualities, but some plants actually do better than others at cleaning certain air pollutants in the home.


Whether you use your home office to run a business or to take conference calls, you deserve more than just a desk and chair in the office. Having a clean, fresh, and functional workspace will help to sharpen your focus, boost creativity and improve your overall health and well-being.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), organic chemicals commonly found in your home such as paints, disinfectants, cosmetics, and fuels emit chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These VOCs are the leading cause of sick building syndrome, a health threat that leads to headaches, skin irritations, hypersensitivity, and more.

Due to these VOC pollutants in the home, the air in your home office may also be more polluted than you think. Fortunately, there are many air-filtering plants that can do double duty to not only liven up your space, but also improve the air you breathe.


Liven Up Your Space and Improve the Air You Breathe


Many plants boast air filtering qualities, but certain plants do better at cleaning the air than others.

From Gerbera daisy for fighting tetrachloroethane and benzene to bamboo palm for fighting formaldehydes, different plants are best for combating certain VOCs commonly found in the home. 

So, next time you’re thinking about upgrading your home with new plants, think about not only how good they look, but also about their air filtering qualities and how they impact your health.

Creating a healthier home is as easy as selecting the best air-filtering plant for your particular space and tying it into your current workspace decor for a fresh and seamless look!


Best Plants for Improving Indoor Air Quality


To help you pinpoint the best air-filtering plants for your home office, California-based flower retailer ProFlowers analyzed two scientific studies and put together an infographic featuring the best plants for detoxifying the air in your home.

Check out the infographic below for best plants to fight VOCs and improve indoor air quality.


See Also: How Plants Affect Your Mood, Spark Creativity and Improve Focus.

Taylor Poppmeier is Community Outreach specialist at ProFlowers, a flower retailer that sells products shipped from growers, suppliers and its own distribution facilities. Find ProFlowers on Twitter @ProFlowers.