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Candles can produce air pollution

Posted on October 16, 2013
by Susana Escamilla

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As the weather gets cooler people tend to light up candles. However, we really like to know how we can reduce the risk of polluting indoor air. Scented candles can release dangerous pollutants. In fact, wick scented candles can pollute indoor air by 15 times the level that the US Environmental Protection Agency consider acceptable in just three hours. It is something that one does not think about. Many candles that are scented contain chemicals that companies are not required to disclose on the label. Some labels on candles may say “fragrance” as an ingredient but there are no specific ingredients listed. When you burn the candles soot and the chemicals that are inside the candles are similar to car exhaust. One chemical that can be found in candles is “phthalates.” Phthalates, can mask the odor but can have some health effects. High does of phthalates cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects and reproductive problems. It’s crazy to think how some candles can emit dangerous chemicals in our homes and even inside a workplace.

Now imagine, that you may be burning a candle that may have these type of chemicals and there is no ventilation in your home or your HVAC system is not working. The air in your home can become polluted. HVAC systems are a known collection of bacteria, mold,fungi, and dust. The residue that can build up from burning candles can affect your air vents, air ducts and filters and make your HVAC system work harder to produce air circulation in your environment. There are even more pollutants that can pollute the air inside your home. The more time we spend indoors the more we should educate ourselves on the products that can affect the air we breathe. If you need any maintenance in your HVAC system, contact AirTek and we may be of assistance. You may also communicate with us via our social media websites, Facebook Community Page and Twitter

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