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January
9

Houseplant Tips

January 10th marks National Houseplant Appreciation Day. Whether you're a seasoned plant owner or ready to start raising your first indoor plants, our real estate agents believe it's a perfect time to learn more about the benefits of indoor plants. 

  1. Indoor Plants Improve Your Home's Air Quality
    There are several things inside your home that can cause air pollution, including chemicals, mildew, and painting products. Indoor plants remove carbon dioxide and potentially dangerous chemicals, like benzene and formaldehyde, from your home's air and add oxygen. Microorganisms in a plant's soil also work to improve indoor air quality. 
  1. Indoor Plants Can Lower Your Stress Levels
    Studies indicate that the act of caring for indoor plants can help you lower your blood pressure and suppress your nervous system. Nature is known to have stress-reducing qualities; by bringing part of nature inside, you're able to experience its calming properties without leaving your home. 
  1. Indoor Plants May Enhance Your Productivity
    If you work or study from home, adding indoor plants to your workspace can help you be more productive. Having plants nearby helps you work faster and encourages creativity, that can aid with problem-solving. 
  1. Plants Add Moisture to Your Home's Air
    When plants release oxygen, they also release moisture as part of their respiratory processes. This increases the humidity of the surrounding air. In the winter, it's common for homes to struggle with dry air that can exacerbate respiratory problems and certain skin conditions. During the summer months, increasing your home's humidity levels can help the temperature feel cool and refreshing. Adding plants to your home is a simple way to put more moisture in your home's air without running a humidifier. 
  1. Indoor Plants Boost Your Mood
    Natural elements, like indoor plants, can enhance your mood and alleviate feelings of depression and anxiety. They also create an environment that encourages tranquility and a positive outlook. 
  1. Plants Promote Relaxation
    Indoor plants are known to encourage relaxation thanks to their ability to lower your stress, blood pressure, and anxiety levels. If you find it difficult to decompress after a busy day, consider adding indoor plants to your entryway, kitchen, or living room to create an environment that better enables you to relax. 
  1. Indoor Plants Can Help Shorten Your Recovery Period After an Illness
    An environment with indoor plants is associated with shorter recovery times after an illness or injury. Your environment impacts your wellness, and a space with indoor plants lowers stress so that your body can focus on healing.

There are several plant species that thrive in an indoor setting. Spider plants are easy to grow and act as a natural filter to reduce pollutants in your home.

Peace lilies are lovely to look at, need minimal amounts of natural light, and work to remove carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air. 

Elephant ear plants add a touch of tropical ambiance to your home but require frequent watering and exposure to bright light. They can also grow to large sizes that need more space. 

Indoor plants have a variety of benefits that make them a terrific addition to any home. Wish your home had more space for an indoor garden? Contact us today to explore your options and to start looking at Richmond homes for sale

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