Do Candles Affect Indoor Air Quality?

June 26, 2019

Candles can be lovely and relaxing. There’s a reason why a candlelit dinner is considered the height of romance. Something about the gentle light makes everything seem more magical. Plus, they make a room smell good too. Despite being a seemingly magical source of calm and positive feelings, some candles could be bad for your health and indoor air quality. What’s Wrong With Scented Candles? The main problem with most commercial candles is that they are made of paraffin wax. This is a petroleum byproduct that is created when crude oil is refined into gasoline. This product, when burned, releases fumes that can do damage to the lungs. Another issue is the wick that is burned. Most are made of cotton wrapped around a metal core. When these metal wicks are burnt, they can release a dangerous kind of soot that seeps into the lungs when inhaled. Furthermore more, though most commercial candle companies claim they don’t use lead in their products, they aren’t legally mandated to make their candles lead-free. So it’s possible, especially when it comes to imported candles (which make up about one-third of all candle sales), that the wicks are laced with heavy metals. Better Alternatives...

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How Candles Affect Indoor Air Quality?

August 15, 2018

Candles can provide a beautiful and relaxing ambiance to any room, especially on special occasions like holidays. Candles were even an important source of lighting long ago. But did you know that candles can affect indoor air quality? It’s true. Effects of Candles on Air The smoke from candles can cause indoor air to become more polluted. In addition, the actual material in the candles can emit fumes as the candles burn. For example, scented candles may contain various chemicals that worsen air quality. Those effects from candles can be especially problematic for people who have respiratory issues, such as allergies, asthma, lung problems or colds. Healthier Candle Alternatives Certain types of candles are healthier and less problematic than others. For example, candles made of beeswax that are not scented can be great options. They look as beautiful as other candles and even have a mild, natural and pleasant fragrance from the beeswax. The Importance Proper Air Filters Make sure you pay proper attention to the air filters in your heating and cooling system. There are some great filters available that filter out much more from the air. Although they are more expensive than the cheapest standard filters, they are...

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5 Benefits of Indoor Air Quality

June 7, 2018

In Downers Grove, indoor air quality is a constant worry for our clients. The quality of the air you breathe in is impacted by many factors. Whether it is just the operation of your heating and cooling system, poor outside air quality, or even allergens present, you need help improving the air quality in your home. At Fire ‘n’ Ice Heating & Cooling, we provide you with solutions to do just that. Here’s why you need to do so: 1. Reduce Impurities Causing Illness If you have individuals in your home with an autoimmune disease, asthma, or allergies, you need to ensure the air quality is at its highest. Removing harmful products allows these individuals – as well as infants and seniors – to breathe better. 2. Helps Minimize Mold and Mildew Risks Most homes have some presence of mold and mildew. By improving the air quality, you can stop the spread of these dangerous pathogens through your home. You may find this is one of the best ways to get rid of that musky smell, too. 3. Better Sleep By removing the particles in the air, you do not have to breathe in these elements during the night. You...

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