Houseplants help keep a home cool, and people are often surprised to find that some of the plants they admire are natives that come from their own backyards. Often, though, these plants are placed outside so that they are less likely to be disturbed by air conditioning equipment, and you need to know what to do when these plants come into contact with the air in your home.
It’s common sense that you should keep your houseplants out of doors when they are not being needed. But, when you think about it, air conditioners, heaters, and even fans create an air that is harmful to our air-breathing creatures. When this air gets inside a house, it can be very hard to breathe.
Heat rises. We know this from physics. Plants produce nothing but oxygen and water, which makes them perfect for keeping cool and keeping a home at a comfortable temperature. And, because they can’t be heated up with air conditioners, the air in your home can stay nice and cool.
The problem is, if there is a lot of air movement in your home, the room temperature can quickly rise. This is because a lot of the air has to move from the back of the house to the front of the house. In a heated room, you’ll need to put your air conditioner on or your house will be too hot for comfort.
It is usually best to limit air movement in the room in which the air conditioner is located. Ideally, you want a gentle breeze. If you live in an area where the climate is very warm, then it may be more convenient to have two units instead of one, and you want to try to place them close enough to each other that air from one unit is directed toward the other.
As far as air movement is concerned, air conditioners are somewhat like campfires. Your houseplant is like a cozy, warm fire, and you’ll love your cooler air. They can be very comforting in a summer breeze.
The problem with the “campfire” effect of air movement is that it can cause a heat imbalance. The heat coming from the air conditioner is getting trapped in the room and your houseplant is very likely to get burned.
To avoid this, make sure that you don’t allow the air conditioner to run too long without turning it off. You also need to monitor the heat flow through the air conditioner, or you could end up getting too hot. If the heat from the conditioner is becoming excessive, you should turn it off.
If you do have to leave the room where the air conditioner is located, be sure to close all the doors and windows. The room needs to be closed off to allow the air conditioner to work properly. Also, using window coverings can help prevent too much light from entering the room, causing the air conditioner to run more efficiently.
Planting houseplants in your front and backyard is really quite simple. These plants will provide your home with many hours of pleasant shade and can control humidity. Plants in your front yard will help to keep cold air out of your house and your home will not be subject to air conditioning cycles that make it uncomfortable to live in.
It doesn’t take much to keep the temperature of your home in check, especially with houseplants, and the benefits that these animals provide are tremendous. With the availability of air-conditioned homes, many people have lost the appreciation for the fact that plants can provide so much in terms of warmth and comfort to the home.