We spend much of our time inside our homes, so maintaining good indoor air quality is very important. One of the ways to improve indoor air quality is by minimizing the use of candles. In today’s article, R.A. Biel Plumbing & Heating, Inc., the top heating repair company in the local area, discusses the effects of candles on indoor air quality and what you can do to minimize their impact.
Effects of Candles on Air Quality
In 2001, the Environmental Protection Agency cited studies that suggest that some candles, particularly scented ones, can produce chemical reactions that release pollutants that exceed the EPA’s indoor air threshold levels for safety. Candles can cause indoor air quality problems if they contain high amounts of scented oils that are not suited for combustion or if they are not properly manufactured. Burning candles can also cause soot formation.
Tips for Minimizing the Effects of Candles
You can minimize the impact of burning candles inside your home with the following tips.
- Use an air purifier. A whole-home air purifier can remove the majority of indoor air pollutants produced by burning candles. As an expert in indoor air quality and air conditioning repair, we can help you choose a good air purifier for your home.
- Don’t burn candles in an unventilated room. Allow the harmful chemicals produced by burning candles to dissipate by opening the windows and doors.
- Don’t burn candles for longer than one to two hours. You shouldn’t use burning candles any longer than necessary if you want to reduce indoor air pollutants.
- Use the right candles. We suggest using unscented, natural candles made from beeswax instead of paraffin. You should also never use candles that have a metal insert.
You can rely on R.A. Biel Plumbing & Heating, Inc for all of your indoor air quality and drain and sewer repair needs. We’ve been in business since 1988 and we owe our success to our excellent customer service and great workmanship. Our customer-focused approach means that you will have a quick and hassle-free project when you work with us. Call us at (505) 327-7755 to schedule a free estimate.