Did you know that certain houseplants can improve the quality of the air in your Round Rock, Texas, home? It’s true — some plants possess properties that can remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air. VOCs are those potentially harmful chemicals that evaporate at room temperature, spread easily through your house, and negatively affect the quality of your indoor air.

Formaldehyde, benzene, acetone, and xylene are all common examples of VOCs. They’re often found in paints, glues, air fresheners, cleaners, and other household products. They can cause headaches, dizziness, rashes, sore throats, fatigue, and other health issues. An air purifier can’t remove them from your home’s air, but keeping these houseplants in your home can help.

Spider Plant

Spider plants can remove formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene from your home’s air. They need bright, indirect sunlight and regular watering, and you’ll often see them in hanging baskets in front of windows. As they grow, they send out shoots with flowers that turn into baby spider plants.

Peace Lily

Peace lilies don’t need much light or water, so they’re perfect for rooms with no windows. Direct sunlight will actually burn their leaves. Peace lilies can improve your home’s comfort by getting rid of benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde. However, its distinct white blooms could lead to allergy symptoms, and it’s toxic to pets.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera can help reduce levels of formaldehyde and benzene in your home’s air. The fluid inside can also moisturize your skin and treat minor burns. As a succulent, aloe vera doesn’t need much water, and they can live for years.


There are over 40 kinds of Dracaena, so you should have no problem finding one that matches your taste and decor. Their long, wide leaves often have white, red, or cream lines. They’re poisonous to pets, but they can remove benzene, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and xylene from your air.

At Weathermen Mechanical, we can help you improve your home’s indoor air quality and keep your HVAC system in tip-top condition. Call us at 325-455-8621 for excellent service from our friendly, knowledgeable technicians.

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