Candles’ Hidden Danger

They light up a dining room perfectly during dinner parties. They make your house smell delicious. They even set the mood. Candles are a multi-billion dollar industry and are present in nearly every home.

You know they can present an obvious safety danger, starting house fires, but it’s candles’ hidden danger that might be harming you every day – candle burning often times creates soot buildup in home air vents. Subsequently, you and your family may end up breathing in harmful toxins.

At Mighty Ducts, we’re finding more and more homes with soot issues due to candle burning. This is because often times where there is one candle, there are many. Also, placing a lit candle in a draft can cause soot production to increase by up to fifty times what it would be if not placed in a draft. We see evidence of soot damage on walls, ceilings, and near cold air returns. Sometimes it’s difficult to convince customers this damage is from candle usage.

All candles produce at least some soot that is released into the air, but some release more than others. Poor quality candles can create soot amounts equivalent to 100 candles burning in a home at a time. Scented candles have more additives in the wax and are more likely to produce soot than unscented ones.

Some candles also release lead when the wick is burned. This can result in dangerous emissions and serious health issues. It’s important to keep in mind that candle manufacturers are not required to reveal the contents of candles on packaging. It can make it difficult to determine what’s really in your candles and to evaluate safety.

Here are a few candle safety tips:

  • Keep wicks trimmed to ¼ of an inch.
  • Never place a candle in a draft.
  • Don’t burn more than one candle at a time.
  • Buy candles with cotton wicks. Wicks should never contain metal.

If you have any questions regarding candle soot production in homes, please feel free to call Mighty Ducts today. We’re happy to give you a free quote for vent cleaning services that can clean soot out of your home’s ventilation system and furnace, making your home a healthier place to live.

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