Office plants keep your workplace naturally cool

The fern cools and humidifies the air and is one of the most effective air-purifiers too.

Office Plants make the perfect ‘green’ air conditioning

When the temperatures rise outside, we start to rely on air conditioning inside our offices and homes. However, scientific evidence over the past few years has shown that introducing a few plants inside will reduce the air temperature – by as much as 10 degrees.

The fern cools and humidifies the air and is one of the most effective air-purifiers too.

Plants for summertime cool

The mere physical presence of plants can actively shade and cool a highly glazed office. However, more importantly, plants increase humidity in a warm room through a process called transpiration – when moisture evaporates from the leaves. This process can reduce the air temperature by as much as 10 degrees. They also create an indoor humidity level that is similar to our human comfort zone of 30-60% humidity.

 

Plants for winter warmth too

In winter, the reverse is true. Moist, humid air holds heat better than dry air. So a cool room with higher humidity because of plants will feel warmer. 

Plants can cut your energy costs

According to the Associated Landscape Contractors of America “Proper selection and placement of plants can lower heating and cooling costs by as much as 20%.”

So if you’re looking for a natural way to cool your office or home this summer – and reduce your energy bills – consider introducing one of these office plants to help keep temperatures down.

Top 5 office plants to keep your workplace cool

  1. Areca Palm
  2. Aloe Vera
  3. Ficus
  4. Sansevieria (Snake Plant or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue)
  5. Fern

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