You might not think much about the quality of air in your rental home — but did you know that it could possible be more polluted than the air outside? Pollutants can get trapped inside, increasing the potential of them harming your tenants.
That’s why it’s important to be aware of the most common home pollutants and ways to ensure your renters are breathing in the good stuff and while removing toxins from the air as much as possible. Once you understand what’s causing the risk, you can look at a common affordable and natural relief from these pollutants: plants!
Common Home Pollutants
There are several forms of toxins that can stick around in homes — especially modern ones that are well-insulated, as the insulations can actually trap them inside. Here are some of the most common pollutants:
- Gas: cardon dioxide and radon
- Organic elements: these can come from common household items, such as cleaning supplies, paint chemicals, furnishings, air fresheners, pesticides, waxes, and items that have been dry-cleaned
- Smoke: if the renter has a smoker in the home, others living there are exposed to second-hand smoke
Plants that are Natural Purifiers
Plants are a fantastic source for purifying the air in a home. It’s best to try and have at least two plants for every 100 square feet in the home. Use pots that are around 10-12 inches in diameter. Here are ten great plants to consider using:
- Boston Fern
- Lady Palm
- Snake Plant
- English Ivy
- Wax Begonia
- Golden Pothos
- Spider Plant
- Red-Edged Dracaena
- Peace Lily (caution! This plant is poisonous to pets, so don’t use if you accepts renters with pets!)
- Aloe Plant
Also, be sure to remind renters to be careful about overwatering, which can cause mold that is also a pollutant.
Besides being air purifiers that help renters breathe easier, plants are also a nice touch to a rental home that makes it more welcoming. So try adding some of these plants to the property to increase it’s appeal and the health of those inside it. A property management company might have more ideas on how to ensure the best experience for your tenants.