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Holiday Trees and Indoor Air

Posted on December 12, 2014
by Wendy Stackhouse

Are you going out for your holiday tree this weekend? You may be putting it off a little while longer, but photos are starting to pop up everywhere. Do you always get a real tree? Or do you have an artificial tree in the garage that you bring out every December? Trees and Indoor air quality are connected:

Pros for real trees:

  • That lovely pine smell in the house
  • Recyclable
  • Can support a local grower or charity
  • A live tree can be planted after the holidays and actually improves the air in your home.

Cons for real trees:

  • Messy
  • Cut trees can’t be replanted
  • Can bring mold, other contaminants or insect pests into your home
  • Fire hazard

Pros for artificial trees:

  • Buy it once, use for many years
  • No need for disposal after the holidays
  • Don’t bring in outside contaminants
  • More design choices

Cons for artificial trees:

  • Manufacturing and shipping have a large carbon footprint
  • Storage space
  • Less traditional
  • May be made from allergenic materials

Did you know that you can rent a live tree which can be used again and again?

If you choose a real tree, make sure to keep it well watered. Many house fires over the holidays involve dry Christmas trees that are placed too close to heaters, candles or power outlets. LED lights are bright and much cooler than traditional incandescent bulbs. 

We also recommend that you hose off the tree outside before bringing it in to remove any mold

So which is better, real or artificial? The answer is it depends!

Happy tree shopping!

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