These 7 houseplants can help keep your home cool during summer


we all know plants They’re beautiful to look at, and with enough of them (or one of these supercharged houseplants) you can purify the air in your home. But these wonders of nature can also help you get through a tough time. heat waveAlso. According to plant expert Craig Morley of Budget Seeds, plants actually cool the air in your home through a process called transpiration. The plant guru teamed up with home builders Barrett London to show how planting plants in your space can help reduce the overall temperature and help you avoid the cold. turn on the ac,

Transpiration occurs when water moves from the soil through the plant to the leaves and stems. This is how water and nutrients are transported, but the process also keeps plants cool as water evaporates from the leaves.

So what does it help with? We“Transpiration also keeps the area around the plant cooler,” says Morley. NASA’s Earth Science Division has conducted a study showing that, on a large scale, plants help combat rising temperatures caused by global warming. On a smaller scale, planting plants in your home can help regulate indoor temperatures, although there has been less research on the effect of transpiration on small-scale temperatures.

But, hey, it won’t hurt.

Tips to Increase Transpiration of Plants

Morley shared tips for increasing the cooling effect of your indoor plants by boosting their transpiration.

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Planting more plants could be the secret to keeping your home cool this summer.


  1. Keep houseplants well watered: If a plant is not watered frequently, this can reduce the rate of transpiration, as the plant attempts to conserve water.
  2. Increase humidity: Placing your plant in a tray with wet pebbles can also promote transpiration. As the water evaporates from the tray, it creates a bubble of moisture around the plant.
  3. Group plants together: Grouping plants together helps create a humid microclimate.
  4. Increase the size of your pot: Plants kept in containers receive less rainfall since their roots are often confined to a small space.
  5. Avoid pruning in summer: Pruning can decrease transpiration in a plant, as it reduces water absorption.

Best houseplants to cool the air

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Is there anything houseplants can’t do?

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And here are seven great air conditioning plants that will keep your home cool this summer. What do they have in common? Big leaves.

“Plant species have different leaf structures, which affect their rate of transpiration.” “A larger leaf means more pores, which allow extra water to escape and increase transpiration,” says Morley.

  • Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)
  • peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)
  • Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis ‘Miller’)
  • Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizi)
  • Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
  • Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
  • Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

For more plant-related tips, see here: Best Places to Plant For development see more Best Plants That Repel Insects,


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