The End of Summer
I hope your summer has been a good one. I have spoken with a few friends who have had to face difficult challenges this summer. It reminds me to remember life’s transient nature and be ever more grateful for all the good I experience.
Continuing the discussion the environmental challenges we face this is the 3rd in my series on the 5 Elements or Agents of Change and health.
Fire & Environmental Concerns at Home:
- A well-designed fireplace will decrease the smoke in a room and increase its heating efficiency. Vent-free portable gas fireplaces are becoming popular while many traditional fireplaces are inefficient and potentially dangerous.
- Old or poorly constructed fireplaces allow smoke and gases to enter the house. If not well ventilated, benzopyrene and carbon dioxide are sent into the air.
- A vast number of studies links benzopyrene and cancers.
- Under floor heating, the use of solar power and efficient insulation are some of the many solutions to effectively balancing and converting heat and the Fire element in our environment.
- Traditional wax candles are made from paraffin, a petrochemical product and often have lead wicks while dyes and synthetic fragrances increase soot.
- Soy wax candles, preferably in recycled glass containers are the best for the environment. Soybeans are a renewable resource grown in the USA. Trimmed cotton wicks help to keep smoke to a minimum.
Integrative Interior Design ~ Feng Shui Consulting ~ Space Clearing