How Candles Affect Indoor Air Quality

May 13, 2021
Indoor Air Quality in East Peoria, Illinois

If you enjoy regularly burning candles, rethink this. The vast majority of candles harm the indoor air quality of your home. Thankfully, there are alternatives to turn to so that your home still smells nice and feels cozy.

What’s Wrong With Candles?

Most candles are made of paraffin. This is a petroleum derivative, just like the gas you put in your car. When you burn a candle, it’s a smaller version of the pollution cars produce. They release particulate matter into the air.

Studies have determined that particulate matter is a health hazard. This is the reason why the government tracks particulate matter for outdoor air quality. It’s often the case that there’s more particulate matter in a home than there is outdoors. This can cause respiratory irritation, cancer, and shortened life expectancy.

How to Mitigate Candle Health Hazards

To mitigate the damage candles cause, make sure the room is well ventilated. You can open a window so the smoke goes outside. Also, check the filter in your HVAC system to make sure it’s clean. It should be replaced regularly, which means putting in a new one every two to three months.

If you must use a candle, get an air purifier. Air purifiers remove smoke from the air. You can buy either a portable one or have an HVAC company install one in your heating and cooling system.

Alternatives to Conventional Candles

You can buy candles made of beeswax or soy. Neither will harm your indoor air quality as much as paraffin wax candles do. Another alternative is candle warmers. A candle warmer uses electricity to warm a candle, so no smoke is produced. You can also use essential oils and a diffuser. Essential oils come in a wide range of smells.

Accurate Heating & Cooling is a company in East Peoria, IL, that offers indoor air quality solutions to homeowners. We also repair, replace and tune up air conditioners and heaters. Our other services include duct cleaning, ductless systems, and environmental assessments. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment.