Candles and Indoor Air Quality

Candles and Indoor Air Quality

Did you know? The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has been receiving an increasing number of reports about black soot deposition. Environmental specialists have noted emerging indoor air pollution, and related health problems becoming more common due to the popularity of scented and aromatherapy candles.

To help you keep your home's indoor air quality healthy, we've assembled a list of candle safety tips!

Candles and Indoor Air quality : Tips to Minimize Indoor Air Pollution

  • Try soy or beeswax candles - they burn cleaner than paraffin wax candles, because paraffin is a petroleum product. Only burn candles made of hard wax.
  • Make sure the scent used in the candle is specifically formulated for candles. Avoid wax that contains unstable aromatic hydrocarbons.
  • Steer clear of candles with wicks that are too thick, as well as those with a wire center to keep the wick vertical. Burn candles with thin, braided wicks that bow once burned. The wick should burn evenly with the wax.
  • Trim the wick to ¼ inch before lighting. Remember: The goal is a low, even flame.
  • Keep your candle in a draft-free area.
  • Don't burn your candle in a narrow container. These can cause unsteady air flow or increase flicker.
  • Increase ventilation in rooms where candles are burning, while avoiding direct drafts.
  • Extinguish candles after one hour of continuous burning and allow them to cool before relighting.

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