10 Plants That Can Absorb Heat and Make Your Home Extra Cozy
During summer, plants can keep your house cool. Through the pores of their leaves, called stomata, plants absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which they use for photosynthesis. Then, through these same pores, they release water. The process is called evapotranspiration and cools the plant just as transpiration cools human beings. It also helps to lower the temperature of the environment.
Bright Side put together some plant options that can refresh your environment and decorate your home at the same time.
1. Rubber tree
This species takes in water through its roots and then releases moisture through pores located on the underside of its leaves. The more foliage it has and the larger its leaves are, the more moisture it will release.
Preferably, locate it next to a shade. The rubber tree requires a luminous space and tolerates direct sun exposure for a few hours a day, as long as the sun is not too intense. As for watering, try not to overdo it. Water until the substrate is almost completely dry.
2. Boston fern
It is a popular houseplant, often grown in hanging baskets or in similar conditions. It can suck formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from the air. Although the fern prefers partial to full shade outdoors, it does not grow in shade indoors and responds best to bright filtered light. It needs abundant watering, quality soil, and ample of space to grow.
3. Sansevieria trifasciata
The cow’s tongue, donkey’s ears, mother-in-law’s tongue, or snake’s tail, as it is known, has the ability to purify the air and regulate the temperature of the spaces where it is found, especially during the nights, when the microscopic pores of its leaves open to transpire.
This species is very resistant to unfavorable environmental conditions, such as dry and hot air, scarce watering, and little light. It is recommended to water only when the substrate that was last used dries out.
This vine is capable of regulating temperature, as well as eliminating indoor pollutants such as formaldehyde, xylene, and benzene.
As an indoor plant, it can reach several meters in height if given adequate support. Best results are achieved by providing it with medium indirect light. It tolerates intense luminosity, but long periods of direct sunlight burn the leaves. Generally, it only needs watering when the soil feels dry to the touch.
5. Ribbon plant
The ribbon plant or spider ivy is a plant that can improve the quality of the air and absorb heat quickly to balance the temperature of the room where it is located.
Indoors, the ideal is to place it in a well-lit room, but without direct exposure to the sun’s rays. They should maintain a constant humidity level: two abundant waterings per week in the warm months. In the cold months, one watering a week or every ten days will be sufficient.
6. Weeping fig
One of the few trees that grows well indoors is the ficus, which helps keep the air moist and fresh. It also removes common toxins from the air in the home. This tree grows well in sunny, bright conditions. It requires a moderate amount of watering in the summer and just enough to keep it from drying out in the winter.
7. Aloe vera
Recognized for its cosmetic and medicinal use, the aloe vera or aloe vera plant is perfect to refresh the environment of your home, since it can regulate the temperature.
Maintaining an aloe vera plant is very simple, since it is a plant that requires very little care. You can water it only when the soil looks dry or a little cracked; in winter seasons, no more than once a month. It requires a lot of light, so it is important that you place it in a place where it receives the most sun, it can be near a window.
8. Peace lilly
The spathiphyllum or peace lily is a plant that can absorb excess moisture and thus normalizes the temperature. For it to develop in perfect conditions, put it in a warm place, away from direct sunlight. Water it with distilled or rain water to keep the soil moist. You can fill a sprayer and water it daily.
9. Areca palma
It is one of the plants with the greatest air purifying power because it considerably decreases the levels of formaldehyde and benzene in the environment. It needs shade or half shade to live in good conditions. If it does not have enough light, the plant tends to weaken.
In 24 hours, a plant of two meters high transpires through its leaves one litre of water, so it does require some attention. The root ball (the soil surrounding the roots) should always be kept moist, but not excessively.
It is an easy care plant that thrives in low to medium light conditions. It generally grows less than half a meter and helps remove harmful toxins from household air. At the same time, it humidifies indoors and cools the temperature. There are many leaf varieties of this plant; if your goal is to cool the environment, choose one with lush foliage. It is important to consider that its leaves contain an irritant that can be toxic to pets.
Do you like to have plants at home? How many and what species do you have? We would love to see a picture of them.