Friday, December 09, 2011

Wood-burning fireplaces add to air pollution

Wood-burning stoves and fireplaces can contribute
to the air pollution inside and outside.
It’s the holiday season – time to cuddle up by a warm and cozy fire, with a mug of steaming tea and a good book, right?

Well, the firewood you are burning in your fireplace may contribute significantly to the outdoor and indoor air pollution in your area.

A California-based organization warns against burning firewood, since wood smoke is a trigger for people suffering from lung diseases such as asthma.

Long-term exposure to wood fire smoke has been linked to reduced lung function, chronic bronchitis or even premature death.

The danger in firewood smoke lies in the fine particles the smoke contains, which can penetrate deep into the lungs and cause inflammation.

Experts recommend
  • Banning wood fires in your fireplace at home, especially during smog-filled days and nights
  • Limiting outdoor activities in the evening when wood smoke levels are highest
  • Avoiding exposure to smoke and secondhand smoke, which can compound the effects of air pollution on the lungs

Source: Alameda Sun

Room air purifiers can help improve indoor air quality

When houses are sealed up tight to prevent cold air from seeping in, regular ventilation systems are often unable to filter out common indoor air pollutants coming from building materials and household products.

A powerful portable room air purifier can help move the air around and remove a wide range of indoor air contaminants, including many chemicals, odors, gases, dust, particulates, mold, bacteria and viruses.

In homes where wood smoke or tobacco smoke is a problem, AllerAir recommends choosing the 5000 DS or 5000 DXS air purifiers, which feature a deep-bed activated carbon filter for optimal adsorption of gaseous pollutants, HEPA for particles and special tar-trapping pre-filters to prevent clogging.

For more information and options, contact AllerAir directly.