Is Air Conditioning Good for Indoor Plants?

Houseplants need heat and humidity to thrive. Air conditioning, on the other hand, makes your home cooler by removing moisture and heat. So, the short answer is, no, air conditioning isn't generally all that good for indoor plants. But before you say goodbye to either your cherished greenery or equally appreciated air conditioning, take a moment to learn how air conditioners can affect indoor plants and what you can do about it.

Freezing Plant Cells

If your indoor plants have leaves that are changing from green to varying shades of brown, they could be starved for nutrients. This can happen as the cold air from your cooling system freezes cells in plants. These cells need to remain active to absorb important nutrients. You can fix this by moving your indoor plants away from air conditioning vents. What this does is keep cool air from being directly blown onto the leaves.

Low-Humidity Sensitivity

Plants with skinnier leaves tend to be especially affected by lower humidity levels. You may also notice flowering buds or leaves falling from your indoor plants due to insufficient air moisture. This is likely to be the case if you regularly water your plants directly in the soil and you're still noticing falling leaves or buds. You can nip this problem in the bud, so to speak, by misting your plants with a spray bottle to give them some extra airborne moisture. But look out for spotting on leaves. This is a sign that you're over-misting your plants. What you don't want to do is turn down the settings on your air conditioning enough to boost indoor humidity levels in your home. Doing so could give you entirely new issues with mold and mildew.

Cold Sensitivity

Smaller indoor plants are usually more sensitive to cold, temperature changes, and low humidity levels. This can happen because smaller plants have fewer internal pathways and surface areas. One possible solution is to enclose your smaller indoor plants in a glass container. You might, for instance, build a terrarium so your greenery can be viewed and still protected from cooler, less humid indoor air.

Do Your Indoor Plant Homework

Lastly, do your homework when selecting indoor plants for your home. Pay attention to the conditions different houseplants can tolerate as you make your selections. Hardier plants with broader leaves, for example, are generally better at handling temperature and humidity changes.

Call Us Today

The team at TDI Air Conditioning is at your service if your air conditioning or HVAC system needs some attention. We can also discuss cooling or HVAC upgrades you may wish to consider to make your home's indoor comfort level more consistent and appealing. Of course, this is something that could make it easier to maintain your indoor plants, too!

Call our air conditioning and comfort pros today for reliable, budget-pleasing solutions.