As the seasons shift from warm to cold, air quality concerns shift from ozone damage to the indoor air pollution caused by wood-burning stoves and similar heating methods. It seems the fine-particle pollution from burning wood indoors can cause a number of serious health complications, from heart disease to cancer to asthma, reports USA Today.
Wood smoke contains carbon monoxide and a number of other chemicals that cause health complications in humans. The major ingredients in wood smoke, soot and liquid pollution particles, are among the smallest and most deadly air particles. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that wood-burning stoves, such as open fireplaces or pellet stoves, are responsible for about 5 percent of these particles, which can also be found in auto emissions.
If you currently operate a wood-burning stove in wintertime to keep warm, it's important to ensure that your home is well-ventilated. This means making sure that fresh air from the outdoors is permitted to circulate in your home. Keeping up with air filter replacements for stoves that require them is also imperative.
Those who use wood-burning stoves should also consider investing in a medical-grade home air purifier to remove noxious airborne particles from their home. Medical-grade air purifiers can remove over 99 percent of pollution particles and help ensure that the air in your home is safe, and that your family is protected.