Holiday Décor That Can Jeopardize Indoor Air Quality

The holidays are here and with that comes the question: have you been naughty or nice? When it comes to the HVAC industry, we ask this in regards to your home comfort maintenance and indoor air quality levels. And this year, we are going to give you some insider tips to keep you on our nice list.

Here is how to avoid naughty indoor air quality compromisers in your home this holiday season:

Avoid Scented Candles

Most candles are made from paraffin wax, which when burned release highly toxic benzene and toluene. These are carcinogenic chemicals and have been compared to the fumes produced by diesel fuel. This is definitely going to land you on the naughty list, so make sure you stick to paraben-free candles, as these are safe and will not pose a threat to your indoor air quality.

Stick To A Real Tree

We all love the out-of-the-box pink or white tree, but some manufactured trees are not safe for your home. Some fabricated trees are made with toxic materials that can not only harm your indoor air quality but also put your pets at risk. If you do go for a non-traditional tree, make sure it is labeled chemical-free before you bring it into your home!

Keep Decor Away From Your Air Vents

When hanging your holiday decor, it is imperative that you refrain from placing these festive additions over any of your air vents. Blocking or obstructing your air vents will impede your heating or cooling efforts and can cause potential cracks and leaks within your ductwork (from built-up air pressure). This can then lead to debris build-up, further increasing the chances of compromised air quality.

For your indoor air quality services, contact American Mechanical at (757) 347-8549! We are here to ensure your home is safe for the holidays. Don’t hesitate to reach out for indoor air quality improvements, we are continuing to practice CDC recommended protocols to ensure the safety and health of both our technicians and our clients. Contact us, today!

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