Plants That Can Absorb Heat & Cool Homes


Plants have the ability to maintain a cool house during the summer months. Using the pores in their leaves, referred to as stomata, the plants absorb the carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. This is then used for the process of photosynthesis. Afterward using the same pores to then release water.

This is a process that is known as evapotranspiration which cools the plant in a similar to how transpiration cools humans. This will also assist in lowering the temperature of the environment. The following are several plants that could refresh the environment and also beautify the home at the same time.

Rubber Tree

This is a plant species that absorbs the water via its roots. It then releases moisture via its pores which can be found on the underside of the leaves. The more foliage this plant has and the bigger the leaves, the more moisture it will release into the atmosphere. If at all possible place this plant next to a shade. Radiant space is required by the rubber tree and it tolerates direct sunlight exposure for a couple of hours per day. This is as long as the heat from the sun is not too intense. As it relates to watering, do not overdo it too much. Water only when the substrate is practically dry.

Boston Fern

The Boston fern is a very popular plant for households. It is typically seen hanging from baskets or in some position that resembles this. It has the ability to draw toluene, xylene, and formaldehyde from the atmosphere. Even though this fern favors partial to full shade on the outside, it does not flourish in shade inside. The Boston fern gives its best response to bright filtered light. It requires ample space in which to grow, quality soil, and an abundance of watering.

Sansevieria Trifasciata

This plant is also referred to as snake’s tail, mother-in-law’s tongue, donkey’s ears, or cow’s tongue. It has the ability to purify the atmosphere and then regulate the temperature around the space it occupies. This is especially evident during the nighttime hours. This is due to the microscopic pores of its leaves opening to transpire during this time. This plant species is very resilient to adverse environmental conditions. For example, hot and dry air, reduced light, and scarce watering. The recommendation is to water only when the previous substrate has dried out.


Pothos is a vine that has the ability to regulate the temperature in the space it occupies. It also gets rid of pollutants indoors such as benzene, xylene, and formaldehyde. It provided with the necessary support, as an indoor plant it could reach several meters. For optimal results to be achieved the plant should be given medium indirect sunlight. Intense luminosity if tolerated by this plant, however, the leaves become burnt if exposed for prolong hours to direct sunlight. Typically, it only requires watering when the soil is dry to the touch.

Ribbon Plant

Also referred to as the spider ivy this plant has the ability to enhance the quality of air and absorb heat rapidly. It balances the temperature of the space it occupies. While the plant is inside, it is ideal to keep it in a room that is well lit. However, it must not be in direct sunlight. A constant humidity level should be maintained. Two plentiful watering is needed each week during the warmer months. Whereas in the colder months, one watering each week or spaced out across ten days will be more than adequate.

Weeping Fig

The focus is one of those trees that flourish very well inside. This is the reason it helps the air to remain moist and fresh. The plant eliminates common toxins from the atmosphere as well. Once the conditions are bright and sunny, the tree grows very well. It needs a moderate amount of watering during the summer season. It only requires just enough to maintain it from drying out during the winter season.

Peace Lily

The peace lily or spathiphyllum is a plant that could suck up excess moisture as it normalizes the temperature. In order to flourish in ideal conditions, place the plant in warm spaces, which are away from direct sunlight. Rain or distilled water should be used to water this plant and maintain moist soil. A sprayer can be used in order to water the plant each day.