Can Candles Change My Indoor Air Quality?

Candles and air quality

Americans love candles. They’re a multi-billion dollar industry, with entire sections of retail spaces devoted to various candle options.

And it’s easy to see the attraction. With the flick of a match or a lighter, your home can smell like fresh linens, autumn spices or a bouquet of lilacs.

But there’s a downside to all those delightful scents. While candles can make your home feel warmer and more inviting, they can also have a negative effect on your indoor air quality.

In this blog post, we’ll look at why candles may not be good for your air quality, how you can minimize their effects and why a whole house air purifier can help you and your family breathe easier.

Why are candles bad for the air?

Studies have shown that scented candles can produce chemical reactions that release chemicals into the air – including formaldehyde, acrolein and nitrogen dioxide – at levels greater than the EPA’s threshold for indoor air safety.

And a 2009 study at South Carolina State University found that long-term exposure to emissions from certain types of candles could cause poor indoor air quality.

Smoking candle can cause soot and unclean air

Then there are things like soot, which can stain your walls and ceiling. Soot forms from all types of candles, although low-cost candles and candles that produce a scent tend to generate the highest amount of soot. And this soot creates indoor ultrafine particles, so small that they can get into your lungs and trigger health problems.

Protecting yourself

This isn’t to say you should never burn a candle indoors again. However, there are steps you can take to limit the health concerns associated with candles and improve your indoor air quality:

  • Never burn candles inside a room without ventilation. Keep your door open and windows cracked to allow hazardous chemicals to escape.
  • Don’t burn your candles for too long. Limit the time you have your candles lit to an hour or two each day.
  • Invest in the right candles. Unscented, natural candles made using beeswax contain fewer chemicals than paraffin candles. Avoid using candles with a metal insert.
  • Keep your wicks trimmed. Purchase candles that have a thin wick and cut it down to ¼ of an inch before you light it to reduce the amount of soot that’s produced.
  • Purchase an air purifier. A whole house air purifier can get rid of most of the indoor pollutants in your air.

The benefits of a whole house air purifier

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The Air Scrubber Plus whole house air purifier from American Standard, can reduce up to 99 percent of the 99.9 percent of the contaminants found in your home.

Once you have the purifier in place, you can ensure that essentially every surface of your home safer and cleaner. It’s only a matter of switching on your HVAC system. And in addition to purifying the air in your home, the Air Scrubber Plus can eliminate odors by clearing away the particles that allow unpleasant smells to linger.

With the help of this whole house air purifier, you won’t need to spray or scrub your surfaces with the potentially harmful household cleaners. And as the Air Scrubber Plus cleans, it also purifies, actively treating the air by continually sending out ActivePure scrubbers to reduce the amount of chemicals, mold, and dangerous contaminants in the air.

If you’re looking for ways to improve your indoor air quality, All Seasons Comfort Control can help. In addition to the Air Scrubber Plus whole house air purifier, we also carry the American Standard whole-home air cleaner, which removes 99.9 percent of airborne allergens from the home.

Contact us today to learn how we can make your home a healthier place.

Contact us today to learn how we can make your home a healthier place.