We are officially in the middle of the summer months, which means that there will be days when we’d feel as though we are stuck in an oven with no way out.
However, did you know that some popular house plants can actually help keep your home cool during the hot summer months?
According to NASA's Earth Science Study, this is because plants have the ability to release extra moisture from their leaves back into the air when their environment warms up, a process known as transpiration.
Here are some indoor plants you can introduce to your home to make it much cooler during the summer:
Rubber plant (Ficus elastica)
A favorite among interior designers because of its wide array of colors, the rubber plant is also known to help cool its immediate environment with the help of its large leaves.
Not only that, but the rubber plant is also known to filter out toxins like formaldehyde from the air, making it especially valuable in homes and enclosed living spaces.
Top tip: If you plan on taking care of this tropical plant, make sure to keep its soil evenly damp, as well as put it in a location where it can receive bright, indirect sunlight.
Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
A small palm native to Central America, the bamboo palm acts as a natural humidifier, and is also known to be very good at filtering out benzene and trichloroethylene from its environment.
Another plant that you can get which provides the same benefits as this houseplant is the Areca palm (Dypsis lutescens). Native to Madagascar, this beautiful tropical plant can help remove xylene and toluene from the atmosphere, leaving the air clean and fresh.
Top tip: Planning to take care of this beautiful plant? Make sure to keep it in bright, indirect light, and keep leaves misted during particularly hot days.
Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
A mainstay when it comes to indoor gardens, the snake plant is well-regarded for its ability to refresh the atmosphere, as well as remove indoor pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde.
In addition to its air-cleaning and air-cooling properties, the snake plant is also well-regarded for its amazing variety of cultivars and varieties, making it perfect for any type of space.
Top tip: When taking care of snake plants, make sure to follow a strict watering schedule since this particular plant does not like it when its roots get soaked.
Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)
A leafy tree native to Asia and Australia, the weeping fig is known for its ability to keep the air cool, making it an especially important addition to indoor spaces during summer.
Top tip: Want to add this beautiful plant to your collection? The weeping fig grows best under indirect sunlight, so make sure to put it in a bright corner of your home. This plant is also quite thirsty, so make sure to water it regularly during the summer months.
Peace lily (Spathiphylum cochlearispathum)
Also known as the cobra plant or the white spath, the peace lily is one of the most popular house plants of all time – a reputation it earned largely due to its ease of maintenance and its bold, jungle-y appearance.
Aside from being an attractive house plant, the peace lily is also quite beneficial, with the plant’s foliage known to purify the air and even prevent mildew growth.
Top tip: One of the best plants to cool your home, the peace lily thrives when provided with bright, indirect light, as well as a well-draining planting medium.
No matter which plant you choose for your space, make sure you house them in top-quality pots and planting containers – just like the ones in our store. Doing this will ensure healthy roots which, in turn, will encourage healthy growth in all your plants.
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