Are Candles Bad For Indoor Air Quality?

Candles are great additions to the dinner table, bubble baths and lots of other events and rooms around the house. They provide soothing light that can add romance to the end or your workday or weekend, but have you ever considered how they affect the indoor air quality of your home?

Depending on the type, when candles are burned the release carcinogenic toxins (benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acrolein and soot). Beeswax candles are an exception, which burn very cleanly and are popular among those with allergies and sensitivities.

Paraffin, petroleum-based candles, are scented aromatic candles that you can find anywhere. These are the worst for your home’s air quality. They not only release many of the same chemicals as diesel fuel when it’s burned they can contaminate your ductwork, discolour your walls and ceilings, and damage the contents of your home.

Indoor Air Quality & Your Health

In terms of your health and the health of others in your home, frequently lighting lots of candles can lead to issues like asthma, allergies, and irritating your respiratory tract.

This all might sounds kind of drastic, but there’s no need to trash all of your candles this minute. If you burn candle on occasion and don’t burn a lot at a time their effects are minimal. If you avoid candle wicks that are very long and thick you’ll still enjoy a nice flame that’s smaller and burning less at a time.

Additionally, it’s always a good idea to ensure you burn the candle in large rooms or ones with good ventilation like doors and windows.

Candle Alternatives

There are a number of alternatives to candles such as candle warmers, which don’t have a flame and as a result don’t release carcinogens into the air. Essentially, a warmer melts wax and releases a scent.

Diffusers are also popular options to produce scents in your home. Diffusers use essential oils in a similar way to a candle warmer and wax. They slightly heat up the oil so it can disperse a nice scent into the room or area.

If it comes down to it and you really need or want to use regular candles, beeswax candles or soy candles. They burn very clean and actually release negative ions into the air, which help remove some toxins from the air and improve your indoor air quality.

Overall, ensure that your furnace fan is running and your furnace filter is clean if you burn candles often. This will ensure the air in your home is filtered and cleaned, even when burning candles.

For more information about your home’s indoor air quality or your furnace fan or filter contact Novel Care Toronto today: 905-737-5016.

Novel Care Toronto has been serving Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

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Keeping Pets Cool Is Important Too

You might think that your pets can take care of themselves when the mercury rises, but keeping pets cool is also the responsibility of pet owners. If you have air conditioning in your home there’s not much to worry about except keeping them inside, and ensuring that your air conditioner is working properly. If it’s not, schedule a maintenance appointment with Novel Care Toronto today, so you know you’re doing everything in terms of keeping pets cool.

Keeping Pets Cool This Summer

We’re all about keeping people cool with our air conditioning repair, maintenance and installation services, but we love pets too and they shouldn’t be ignored when the temperature rises. Here are some ways to help them stay cool too.

  • Keep them properly watered by providing them with plenty of fresh water through the day and at night.
  • Even though they’re covered in fur, pets can get sunburned. keep them in the shade when you can.
  • If you’re at the beach you might think they’re safe and cool in the water, but the sun, sand and rocks reflect the sun and can also cause sunburns. On very hot days limit their time in the sun.
  • Utilize air conditioning and fans when you can to help your pets stay cool.
  • Don’t leave your pets outside on or balconies, they can quickly dehydrate and overheat on very hot days.
  • It seems like no matter how often people are told not to leave pets in hot cars it still happens. Don’t do it.
  • Take your pets for a walk during the cooler parts of the day in the early morning or later in the evening.

Keeping Pets Cool & Avoiding Heat Stroke

Yes, pets can get heat stroke too. Here are some signs that your pet might have heat stroke:

  • Rapid panting
  • Excessive drooling
  • Very hot skin and fur
  • Muscles twitching uncontrollably
  • Unusual vomiting
  • Looking dazed or acting confused

For more information about keeping pets cool this summer or for air conditioner repair, maintenance or installation services contact Novel Care Toronto today: 905-737-5016.

Novel Care Toronto has been  serving Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

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Great Ways To Beat The Heat!

There have already been 29 days this summer where the temperature has been over 30 degrees Celsius. That means there have been at least 29 days where people in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA have had to find refuge and ways to beat the heat. Air conditioning is the best way, but there are lots of other ways to beat the heat as well.

Here’s How You Beat The Heat

  • Drink water, even before you’re thirsty, and even on days that aren’t aggressively hot.
  • Find air-conditioned places to hang out like the mall, movie theatre, library or community centre.
  • Wear clothing that is nice and loose and breathes. A large hat to keep the sun off your head is also ideal.
  • Avoid being in direct sunlight for too long or just bring an umbrella with you when you go out.
  • Plan your outdoor activities for the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the hottest parts of the day.
  • Take cold showers and use wet cloths to keep your body temperature down and to stay cool.
  • Drive with your air conditioner on or the windows down. Don’t ever sit in an enclosed vehicle or leave any person or pet in one either.
  • Find a pool, whether it’s a friend’s pool or a public pool.
  • Close your blinds and drapes during the day so the sun doesn’t heat up the air in your home.
  • Don’t use the oven or the stove to cook, use the BBQ instead on really hot days.
  • Unplug as many electronic as you can, these devices give off heat.
  • Use fans wherever you can, especially when sleeping for added comfort.
  • Put a bowl of ice in front a fan for an extra cooling effect.

Be Careful, The Heat Can Get To You

Hot days can be overwhelming, even if you are taking measures to beat the heat. Here are some things to watch out for:

  • Dizziness or feeling faint
  • Nauseous feelings or vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Quick breathing and a fast heartbeat while resting
  • Being incredibly thirsty

If you have any of these symptoms during a hot day find a cool place to sit down and drink some water. If you feel worse or your symptoms don’t dissipate see your doctor or call 911. Extreme heat can cause several medical issues.

Overall, use your air conditioner during extreme heat to stay cool and safe. If you need air conditioner repair, maintenance or installation services contact Novel Care Toronto today: 905-737-5016.

Novel Care Toronto has been serving Toronto, York Region and the GTA for over 30 years.

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In Lieu of Air Conditioner Maintenance

Guess what? The heat of summer isn’t going anywhere. In fact environment Canada is predicting that this beautiful weather will continue right through September. If you haven’t had a chance to call a professional HVAC technician to take care of your air conditioner maintenance yet you might risk a breakdown at the worst possible time. At Novel Care Toronto we’ve had a very busy summer performing regular maintenance and other service for our customers in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA. Our customers who’ve planned ahead have been able to get air conditioner maintenance appointments at the beginning of summer so they’ve enjoyed efficient and reliable cooling all summer long.

We have encountered some clients that have waited a little too long to get air conditioner maintenance and they’ve either had to pay for repairs or a new air conditioner altogether.

If planning in advance isn’t your thing here’s a quick and easy solutions to ensure your family has home cooling if your air conditioner breaks down.

Building your own air conditioner is easier than you think and only costs about $30. You can pick up everything you need at a hardware store:

  • A Five gallon bucket
  • Some PVC pipe (threaded or unthreaded)
  • A Desk-top fan
  • Ice
  • A Sharpie marker
  • A Pocket knife

For more information about air conditioner maintenance contact Novel Care Toronto today. Otherwise watch the video to see how to build your very own air conditioner, we’re ready when you are.

Novel Care has been providing air conditioner maintenance, repair, and installation services in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

CONSUMER WARNING: Create this cooling system at your own risk. Novel Care is not affiliated with the CBC. Novel Care takes no responsibility for any injuries or damages that may occur.

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Don’t Forget To Change The Air Conditioner Filter

Purchasing a new high-efficiency heating or cooling system from a reputable HVAC company like Novel Care Toronto is an excellent way to ensure you save money on your energy bills. One of the easiest ways to keep it running efficiently is to keep changing the furnace or air conditioner filter. Depending on your type of system this might be the same filter, but since it’s summer let’s discuss the air conditioner filter.

The Importance of The Air Conditioner Filter

Changing the filter in your air conditioner is one of the most important things you can do, and it should be done regularly. Dust, pollen, and other airborne impurities are always being drawn into your home’s HVAC system and being filtered out of the air instead of being spread throughout your home. As your filter slowly gets clogged it can allow more and more dust and other particles into your home via the duct system. A clogged air conditioner filter also makes your air conditioner work harder to circulate air, which reduces its efficiency, and in turn increases your monthly energy bills.

Even when your system isn’t active and your air conditioner isn’t running, the fan might still be running. Many system constantly have the fan going in order to circulate the air throughout the house. Even if you haven’t used your air conditioner recently the filter still might need changing as the system continuously filters the air.

Essentially, it’s a good idea to check your filter every month and change it if necessary. If you find that your filter isn’t getting dirty and doesn’t need changing there may be another blockage somewhere in your system that’s preventing airflow. This should be investigated by an HVAC or air conditioning professional.

Overall changing your air conditioner filter is an easy task, but if you don’t know how to do it contact Novel Care Toronto today: 905-737-5016. Our technicians have been working in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.