Clean Home Heating
Many people don’t think of the smoke from their wood stove or fireplace as air pollution. Some people even like the smell of wood smoke. But wood smoke is one of the main sources of air pollution in Washington.
Wood smoke contains fine particles, or PM2.5, which are associated with serious health effects, as the tiny size of these pollutants allows them to be easily inhaled, bypassing the immune system and proceeding deep into your lungs, where they can cause respiratory and cardiovascular problems, including premature death.
In winter, more than half of Washington’s fine particle air pollution comes from homes being heated using wood. Wood stoves, fireplaces and other wood-burning devices put out hundreds of times more air pollution than other sources of heat such as natural gas, propane, oil or electricity.
A Quick Guide on How to Select a New Stove for Home Heat
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Different fuel choices come with an array of environmental, economical and health considerations. If you are considering a wood stove or fireplace insert for your home, or upgrading your old wood stove to something that heatscleaner and more efficiently, take a few minutes to determine which device and fuel choice best fits your needs.
Simple changes to the way you burn wood in your stove or fireplace can help reduce smoke, reduce needed fuel and save you money. Learn how to minimize smoke, increase the heat you get from your wood and limit your impact on your neighbors.