Summer is here and with the high temperatures and frequent heat waves you may need to cool your house in one way or another. But instead of using utilities that can cost you much, you can use a more natural substitute that is going to cost you almost nothing. In addition to all the usual, well-known benefits of plants, some of them can be used as a means of cooling your house and make it more comfortable. In this article, we are giving you a list of 5 popular houseplants that can be used to do such job.

Rubber Plant

This type of houseplants is famous for its large leaves. This characteristic allows the plant to store water in its leaves and release it through porous holes out to the surrounding environment, hence, making the house cooler and more humid. The rubber plant prefers indirect bright light. Some people may prefer to put the plant close to a window with sheer-fabric curtains.

Watering a rubber plant depends on the season. Within summer months, you need to always keep the soil moist but avoid drowning or overwatering. Also, you may wipe the leaves with a piece of cloth to allow better light exposure. During winter months, the plant needs less watering, thus, you need to make sure that the top couple of centimeters of the soil is dry between waterings.

Snake Plant

Since also the snake plant is characterized with its large leaves, it can store water in them that can be eventually released as a cool moist into the surrounding air. In addition to that, the snake plant is famous for its ability to absorb toxic pollutants from air such as xylene and benzene. When it comes to watering, allow the soil to dry completely between waterings. The snake plant prefers the indirect light exposure and can tolerate dim temporary conditions.

Chinese Evergreen

This tropical houseplant is also considered one of the most tolerant plants. It can withstand dim light conditions and shortage of water. This easy to grow plant is also has the ability to absorb the toxins from the air in addition to its capability of excellent transpiration rate that allows for house cooling. Chinese evergreen thrives well in indirect light exposure. It also can grow in low light conditions. You can water it whenever it becomes dry. That can be once every week in summer and once every two weeks in winter.

Weeping Fig

Weeping fig is one of the best options to have in order to moist the interior of your house and keep it cool. This plant is characterized with its bushy leaves and long trunk which can both provide a dimer cover for shorter plants that can be placed beside it. The weeping fig loves to be exposed to plenty of bright indirect light. You can water your plant whenever the top few inches of the soil become dry and be careful of overwatering it as this may lead to roots rotting.

Indoor Palm Tree

Just like other houseplants, the palm plant helps in extracting carbon dioxide from the air and giving you the oxygen you need. Besides that, its tropical shape is a great addition to your house. Palm plant likes indirect bright light and can thrive in dim light conditions. You need to keep it moist and water it once the very top of the soil becomes dry. Be careful of overwatering it as it may lead to rotting.

If you would like to set a schedule to remind you of when to water your houseplants, then a great idea is to use our GreenHub mobile application that is currently available on IOS App Store and will be available on Android Google Play very soon.