As in high temperatures, just slightly different from what CUCO was talking about in his song with the same title. If you are a human being, and I hope you are, if not, it’s really great that there are species on this planet that have developed the ability to read or aliens are finally on the web (salutations!), in any case, anyone that is slightly living in the present (and on Earth) will know that summer is just around the corner. With this inevitable fact of life comes sun-filled days full of sweat and people looking for ways to cool themselves down.
Now, the first thought that probably comes to your mind is turning up the air conditioning. Sure, it’s the easy way out, but what if I told you that there are certain risks to using your air conditioning like dry skin, allergic reactions to airborne particles such as dust and fungi, or it can even affect your respiratory system with sudden changes in temperature. Plus, air conditioning uses energy and energy means money and money makes the world go round, so, why not avoid any unwanted health problems, be more eco-friendly, and use your saved money to invest in plants and an ice cream cone?
Did anything in the last question catch your attention? Was it the plants? Ding! Ding! Ding! If you thought plants you’re not loco and neither am I. I’m talking about plants that can naturally cool your house down. Yes, this isn’t #fakenews, plants take in carbon dioxide and as a result, lose water during transpiration which in turn cools the air around them. It has been found that plants can reduce indoor temperatures by up to 9-10 degrees. Owning plants can also have added benefits like maintaining a comfortable indoor humidity, reducing the amount of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in your home’s indoor environment, and also reducing noise pollution by absorbing sound.
Interested? Thought so. Here are some plants that will help fight that summer heat:
Fern: This plant helps cool the air and humidify it. An added benefit is that it can clean formaldehyde from the air and also, according to NASA scientists, is very adept at removing VOCs from the environment and in turn purifying it. Some species of ferns you can get Japanese royal ferns and Boston ferns.
Aloe Vera: Not only does this plant help keep the environment cool but like the fern, it can purify the air and remove formaldehyde. Also, it can help soothe your skin if you’ve got a sunburn.
Areca Palm Tree: Like the other plants on this list, the areca palm tree can cool down your environment and also remove benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.
Snake Plant: This plant can be a great addition to your home, not only will it cool down your indoor environment, absorb VOCs, but will also give a great aesthetic to any room you decide to put it in.
Spider Plant: Don’t necessarily have a green thumb? Don’t worry! The spider plant is nearly impossible to kill, cools down your house, and also absorbs VOCs.
Rubber Plant: The rubber plant helps keep your house cool while also releasing high levels of oxygen and purifying the air by absorbing toxins like formaldehyde.
Having an effective, healthy, alternative solution to keeping cool in the summer is simple with these plants. So, get those greens (also eat them) and get ready for summer!