Experts indicate that indoor humidity should range between 40-50%. The reason for this is higher humidity rates allow dust mites to thrive in the damp environment. Additionally, high humidity can increase winter mould, mustiness, mildew, and respiratory problems. So how can we eliminate these negative effects and reduce humidity in our homes? Getting a dehumidifier may be an option and have some effects, but houseplants are natural, more effective, and prettier alternative to remove that indoor humidity.
Do houseplants reduce humidity? The answer is yes! This is made possible as most houseplants gather moisture from the air through the ‘stoma’ in their leaves. The moisture is then transported into the ‘xylem’ and after, down their roots. Houseplants that thrive in moist soil are most effective at absorbing humidity from its surroundings. Let’s take a dive into some amazing houseplants that will help reduce humidity within your home.
We love the Anthurium Andraeanum! It is also known as the Flamingo Flower that has a tropical vibe with its beautiful, red distinct leaves.
Anthurium will really look amazing in any room in your home. As it is a tropical plant, the Anthurium loves humidity, so shower rooms or kitchens are perfect! A perfect choice for those looking for a beautiful plant that reduces humidity.
We adore the Areca Palm! A plant that is loved and for a good reason. It will give your home a sophisticated, elegant feel.
They like medium to low light conditions making them ideal houseplants. This palm does not just have style, according to NASA this houseplant is one of the best for air purifying! When humidity levels are high, this plant will helps giving a cool feeling.
Tillandsia Air Plant
A unique houseplant, the Tillandsia Air Plant is a great indoor plant for receiving sunlight near a window.
They are trendy and super easy to take care of. These plants are particularly interesting as they are epiphytic plants. This means they do not need soil and get nutrients from the air, hence the name. They are very efficient in absorbing moisture from the air to gather nutrients, making them perfect for reducing humidity.
Calathea White Fusion
We love Calathea White Fusion for its amazing, variegated foliage!
Each leaf has its own unique design with marbled green and white leaves with purple undersides. Calatheas are also great for absorbing humidity. They thrive in well-lit conditions and are easy to care for. Great places include a shower room or a steamy kitchen.
A fantastic addition to your plant collection The Peace Lily is a large houseplant that brings elegance and calm to any space.
This luxuriant Peace Lily hails from tropical climates which is full of moisture, they love humid conditions! Equip this beautiful houseplant with the right amount of sunlight, they will bloom throughout the year.
Another fantastic type of moisture absorbing houseplant is Orchids.
This plant will help keep your house cool during summer. They are extremely popular that have long-lasting flowers all year round. Orchids like to be placed in a bright place with plenty of natural light, so flowers continue to bloom. Our amazing Orchids come alongside a beautiful Tembesi pot.
Begonia have almost 2,000 plants native to tropical regions. Begonia Amphioxus are very sought after because of its stunning, colourful foliage.
During the winter months, Begonias may struggle due to low humidity levels, however, during spring and summer they are easy to care for with lots of humidity making them happy and thriving.
Opuntia Rubescens Consolea
This Cactus is extremely loved by Happy Houseplants for its unusual shape.
Known as the Opuntia Rubescens Consolea, this cactus requires little pampering to become well-established. These houseplants are also beneficial for grasping moisture from the air to make your home feel cooler.
The English Ivy absolutely loves humid locations. They are usually found in rooms that have high humidity levels such as a shower room or a steamy kitchen so the English Ivy can help assist optimal humidity conditions.
Conclusively, these amazing houseplants can really make a difference in your home at reducing the humidity levels and the negatives associated with humidity such as mould. Plants are the most natural source of dehumidifying our homes, without damaging our environment. They are also much more cost-friendly! Unlike dehumidifiers, houseplants do not have an expensive upfront cost and concern over an electricity bill. Plants also offer other benefits such as eliminating pollutants and cleansing the air. Houseplants are also linked to increasing productivity, and reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.
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