6 Plants That Cool Down The House Naturally

Don’t be tempted to blast the air conditioning during the warmer months. Use some of these plants that cool down the house naturally!

plantsWhen the weather gets hot, it’s tempting to turn on the air conditioning to full blast to help save you from burning up.  But air conditioning needs electricity and electricity costs money. A lot of money. I’ve found that during the summer, my electric bills will jump up as much as $100!

However, one way that I’ve been able to keep the temperature down in my home is buy purchasing house plants. Not only can house plants clean the air and keep mosquitoes away, but they can also keep the temperature down in an environmentally-friendly way!

The way these plants are able to do this is through a process called transpiration. This is where moisture is carried through plants from roots to small pores on the underside of leaves, where it changes to vapor and is released to the atmosphere. This cools down the air and leaves it purified and fresh.

Research even shows that if you were to use these plants that cool down the house, you could decrease the temperature in your house by as much as 10 degrees! This effects also helps to maintain a comfortable indoor humidity which helps to prevent your beautiful wood furniture from cracking or drying out.

So if you have been searching for a way to lower your electricity bill, try one of these 6 plants that cool down the house naturally.

1. Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera is known for its soothing medicinal properties. You may already know that aloe vera is great for burns and digestive health, but what you may not know is that it can also help to bring the temperature in your home down.

The plants also also been known to remove formaldahyde from the air, improving the quality of the air your breathe. Aloe vera must be planted in well-drained soil. Allow some time for the soil to try before re-watering.

2. Areca Palm Tree

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One of the most popular living room plants is the Areca palm tree. This palm helps to remove carbon dioxide, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air. The Areca palm tree also helps to humidify the air.

When selecting an Areca palm tree, go for a plant that has a thicker trunk at the base. Plants with trunk diameter under and inch have been shown to be difficult to maintain.

3. Ficus Tree

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One of my favorite plants that will cool down the house is the ficus tree. This plants helps to remove widespread airborn toxins and increases levels of oxygen in your home.

This plant prefers to be in a bright area. It will not do well in poor light and has low to moderate water needs. 

4. Fern

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Ferns are not only a beautiful decorative plant for your home, but it is also a natural humidifier. The fern also helps to purify indoor air by removing formaldehyde and other toxins.

I love the fern because it’s almost death proof. It does best in bright light and damp soil but it can still survive in poor light with little water.

5. Snake Plant

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The snake plant (also called the Mother-in-law’s Tongue) is the perfect plant to keep in your bedroom. Most of the plants on this list help to clean the oxygen, but this plant releases more oxygen that other plants. This helps to keep the temperature cooler at night while you sleep. This plant also absorb toxins such as formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene, toluene, xylene and nitrogen oxides.

The snake plants is easy to take care of. It survive well in low light levels and doesn’t need consistent watering. For the best air cooling effects, get snake plants that are at least waist high.

6. Golden Pothos

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When it comes to removing indoor pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, xylene and carbon monoxide, the Golden Pothos may win hands down. This plant is also known as Devil’s ivy or Silver Vine.

This plant does not need too much watering and does well in partial sun.

What do you think about these plants that cool down the house? Do you have any already in your house? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to share on social media!

Angelique Johnson
Angelique Johnson
Angelique Johnson, BS, NDTR is a Miami-based nutritionist who is excited to help others live healthier lives through good nutrition. She loves fitness, writing, blogging, cooking, and eating delicious foods.

A self-proclaimed chocolate-fanatic, she prides herself in being able to show others that there are no "bad foods," only "bad habits."

She received her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and is currently a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics candidate. Her plans include starting her PhD in the summer of 2016. She currently lives in Miami with her husband and French bulldog, Mingus.

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