Burning wood has always been a popular way to heat your home and has seen increased attention recently. This is due to new research showing the harmful effects it can have on the indoor air quality and health of the occupants. A recent article by U.S. News & World Report “Indoor Wood-Burning Can Affect Air Quality” details how burning wood can have serious health impacts due to fine particle pollution.
An easy way to tell if your home wood burner is working properly is if there is smoke coming out of your chimney. The smoke is a sign that the fire is not burning efficiently and is producing fine particles of pollution that enter your homes air. A few tips to prevent your wood burner from polluting your home are:
- Use only dry seasoned firewood
- Never burn materials other than wood
- Space logs properly to allow maximum air flow
- Use an EPA certified wood stove
Homeowners who heat with wood can take other measures to improve their homes indoor air quality. Air purifiers are an ideal way to remove the fine particle pollution that is from burning wood. Used properly they can keep pollution down to minimal levels and decrease the harmful effects. The fine particle pollution affect many areas of the body especially the respiratory systems. Homeowners who suffer from chronic illnesses could be being affected greatly by their heat source and not even know it. It is important to choose a quality air purifier such as an Austin Air model that has multi-stage filtration and removes all size particles including fine particle pollution.
If have an indoor wood burner in your home and would like to improve your indoor air quality, please contact us.