How Candles Affect Indoor Air Quality

Candles in living room There are a lot of people in the world that really love their candles. Not only can they create a great ambiance in a home or a specific room but they also usually make your home smell great in the process. While a lot of people love their candles, candles tend to not be so great for indoor air quality, unless you use a specific type of candle. Once you know how candles can impact your indoor air quality, you may want to start considering using another type of candle, like a soy or beeswax candles.

Candle Soot

One of the biggest things that happen when people use candles that they may not realize is that candle soot is released into the air. This does not only happen when you blow out a candle but the entire time it is burning in your home. If you have ever noticed a candle releasing black smoke while it is burning, that is the candle soot being released into the air. Not only that but the worst candles that this happens the most with are paraffin candles and scented candles. As it turns out, these are the most common candles on the market and the ones that people use the most. Little do they know that this is happening and it can discolor their walls as well as impact their air quality.

Other Chemicals Released into the Air

Candle Soot is not the only thing that you need to worry about, though. There are a lot of other chemicals released into the air when you burn them. These chemicals include toxins that are also burned up when using diesel fuel and tend to be on the toxic side. Some of them are formaldehyde, benzene, acrolein, toluene, and acetaldehyde. Because of this, it is not only toxic to you but it could also trigger an allergic reaction or watery eyes during the use of the candles in your home. It is best to stay away from these and use soy or beeswax candles instead since they are natural.

Reliable Air Conditioning Repair & Service

Indoor air quality is something that we should all be concerned with, especially if we spend a lot of our time indoors. You do not want to compromise this air because you can also be compromising your health. If you are looking for some other ways you can improve your indoor air quality, be sure to reach out to us here at Evans Mechanical in Eureka, California. We can explore some options for you and even take care of the install if you purchase one of our units. Give us a call today.