Summer has already arrived before time and we have already started using AC in our home, offices etc. You will find them running everywhere. This will be an additional expense on your pocket and that too a heavy one, for which we are not ready. Today I am telling you one secret with which you can kill the summer at almost no extra cost.
PLANTS.Yes, You read it right. these are all around us and provides us the best cooling effect Nature can give us with almost no extra cost. Don’t let your AC blow your money away. Use these tips and pay less to cool your house this summer.
The long, hot summers of India can be quite unforgiving. As temperatures rise, most of us resort to keeping our homes cool by using air conditioners. The irony is while draining our pockets to keep our houses cool, we’re also burning enough fossil fuels, making the world a hotter place.
Create a breeze inside your home by strategically opening your windows at opposite ends to enable cross ventilation.
And keep Plants in between the way so that once air passes through it, it will give you some really cool and pleasant effect which AC cant give.
Here is the list of plants you can grow indoors. You don’t need a huge terrace or balcony: all you need is a little space right inside your home for these beautiful and useful plants.
1. Areca Palm
This leafy plant can be grown anywhere in the house in indirect sunlight. Make sure it is not exposed to direct sunlight, or the leaves will turn yellow. The plant can grow as high as 30 feet outdoors but it is restricted to about seven feet at indoor locations.
Put it in a small container and the crowded roots will help in limiting the size of the plant. The plant is useful for filtering xylene and toluene from the air. It also works effectively as an effective humidifier. Water enough to keep the soil moist and let it dry a little between waterings in winter.
Why splash out on a money tree when the umbrella tree has got you covered for indoor climbers? These towers of strength are “easy to care for and will last you for years,”
Considered easy-care plants, peace lilies tolerate low light and low humidity, making them ideal if you don’t have a good spot with direct sunlight to place indoor plants. Expect the flowers to bloom most heavily during summer and continue to bloom moderately throughout the year.
Having an aloe vera plant on hand will not only come in handy if you get any nasty sunburns, but it is also effective at cooling the air temperature and removing formaldehyde from the air.
The ficus tree, also known as a weeping fig, helps to keep the air temperature cool as well as reduce air pollution and improve air quality.
This plant helps to not only cool and humidify the air, but like aloe vera, it is good for cleaning formaldehyde out of the air. In fact, scientists at NASA say the fern is one of the most effective air-purifying plants.
The snake plant, also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, is another plant recommended by NASA to help purify the air. The plant gives off oxygen at night, keeping you cool as well as absorbing a large number of toxins in your home.
The golden pothos is a great plant for those who aren’t exactly garden-savvy, as it’s extremely easy to take care of. It requires little light and little care, and it will keep your air cool and purified.
Good-looking on the outside but tough on the inside, kalanchoe is the Anthony Joshua of houseplants. “It thrives in dry environments and is easily adaptable to temperature changes,”, which means you can use it to bring color to any room in your home.
This green plant helps in reducing airborne fecal-matter particles. It also filters out formaldehyde found in some household cleaning products. The plant needs bright light to look fresh and might attract pests if they do not receive enough light.
Take special care while watering and let the soil dry for some time before watering it again. Ivy does not like standing water.
This plant does not require direct sunlight and can grow up to 12 feet in height, so make sure it is planted at a spot that allows enough space to grow. Also, you can control its height by pruning.
New leaves will sprout below the cut in a few weeks. Keep its soil moist but not soggy. Yellow leaves in the plant are a sign of over-watering or poor drainage. You can place it near a sheer curtain or a window.
This lovely plant combats benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the leather, rubber and printing industries. The plant-derived this unique name due to its uniquely-shaped leaves, which dangle like spiders on a web.
The plant is also completely safe if you have pets. If you see the plant turning a little brown, do not worry. It is normal and it will get back to its green self soon! Make sure you use well-drained soil and do not make the soil soggy for a fresh-looking spider plant.
Bring in Nature
Strategically placed plants, shrubs, and vines function as living air conditioners and can effectively cool a home. Plant shady trees and plants on east and west sides of the house to block out the sun’s rays.
Growing vines and creepers along staircase balustrades, balcony grills or indoor screens/dividers can also help keep the shaded area beneath them as much as 20 degrees cooler than the surroundings.
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Add a splash of colors to indoor or tabletop plants at home and office with these colorful planters.
Buy ready to use nutrient-rich soil:
In general use, a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.
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Decorate planters or garden landscapes with these decorative pebbles :
Using pebbles in a garden brings different colors and textures to the garden. Pebbles can also fill up otherwise empty space in the garden, leaving a visual that might be considered more interesting and aesthetic than simple dirt, soil or mulch.