Low humidity in a house can cause a lot of complaints during the heating season. Dry air, however, can be improved with certain indoor plants.
The ideal humidity in a house is between 40 and 60 percent; but in winter humidity often falls well below that. Dry air can be remedied with the help of houseplants; in fact, this is strongly recommended, as turning on the heating causes a lot of unpleasant symptoms if the humidity is too low: the skin dries out, unpleasant itching may occur, and burning eyes, scratchy throat and dry cough may also be the result.
Due to the dried mucous membranes, one can be more susceptible to upper respiratory diseases, and viruses can more easily infect the body. Dry air can be effectively humidified with the help of houseplants, and these plants also beautifully decorate the home.
1. Snake plant (Dracaena trifasciata)
A hardy, undemanding plant, that produces a lot of oxygen and neutralizes harmful substances. Few people choose this plant due to its air purifying effect, even though it effectively humidifies houses with dry air.
2. Flaming Katy (Kalanchoe)
This plant tolerates drought well and requires little watering, since it stores water in its leaves. It helps to ensure that the microclimate in the apartment is perfect.
3. Spider plant (Chlorophytum)
Based on the results of a 2015 research, spider plant one of the best humidifying plants. It also cleans the air and is very easy to take care of – it is a practically indestructible indoor plant suitable even for beginners.
Ficus is one of the most popular indoor plants, which binds a lot of dust and fills the air with moisture. It looks fantastic in a house, but you should consider before getting one that it will grow huge, so you should only buy it if you are sure that it will fit in your home.
5. Areca palm
If you would like to humidify your home, areca palm tree is the best choice, as the huge leaves release a lot of moisture into the air. This plant also requires a lot of space.