The popularity of aromatherapy candles has risen in recent years, and while the jury is still out on their health benefits, the verdict is definitely in about their effects on air conditioning installation. Scientists have recently discovered that burning candles can be linked to low levels of indoor air quality (IAQ) because they emit pollutants like benzene, styrene and toluene. Some imported candles have even been found to contain lead in their wicks.
Fans of candle use, however, are questioning whether their favorite stress reliever is actually causing their IAQ to suffer. Our experienced technicians at Superior Air investigated the matter and found the following results.
First Things First
Our professionals are trained and licensed in air conditioning repair and maintenance, therefore the facts stated in this article pertain to HVAC systems only. They should not, in any way, be understood to be recommendations on health or anything health related.
Candles and Indoor Air Quality
The answer to whether burning candles indoors affects your HVAC system depends mostly on quantity. In small, controlled amounts, their effects are wholly negligible. Any pollutants that might come from candles are easily trapped by your air filters and removed from circulation in your home. Of course, our experts advise against using a lot of candles, as this will definitely increase indoor contaminant levels significantly.
Air Conditioning Safety
As far as air conditioning maintenance is concerned, certain types of candles burn more cleanly than others. Soy and beeswax are the best choices in this regard, as they don’t emit the same contaminants as paraffin wax candles. If possible, ventilate the area where the candles are used to avoid any complications.
Keep your indoor air quality levels high with help from our experts at Superior Air, your trusted local HVAC company. Call us at (559) 734-2002 or fill out our contact form to schedule an inspection and get a free quote on new HVAC installations today. We serve customers in Hanford, CA, and neighboring areas.