Chopping Logic On Indoor Wood Burning Fireplaces

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Indoor Wood Burning Fireplaces Create Cozy Ambiance

Many people are so enthralled by the charm, authentic look and feel of indoor wood burning fireplaces that they could not substitute them with gas and electric fireplaces. The ambiance to the room they create when lighted up is their strongest selling point. Besides the toasty mood they bring to homes, indoor wood burning fireplaces offer more advantages to the prospective fireplace buyer. However, they are also notorious for being a weighty contributor to air pollution, especially the older versions.

When Indoor Wood Burning Fireplaces Belch The Environment Winces

As people enjoy the warmth and cozy atmosphere that their indoor wood burning fireplaces bring, wood smoke is belched out of their chimneys carrying with it a wide-ranging mixture of chemicals and gases which can lead to or exacerbate serious health problems especially among people with respiratory problems, pregnant women and children. These gases and chemicals include soot, fine particles, poisonous carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides which can engender smog.

The pollution generated by indoor wood burning fireplaces are not just spewed outdoors through the chimney. Faulty installation, defective stovepipes or vent to chimneys, having back drafts or loading excessive fuel can trigger these fireplaces to spew hazardous pollutants into homes.

Government Restricts The Use of Indoor Wood Burning Fireplaces

Because of the pollution that indoor wood burning fireplaces produce, the government has enforced regulations on its use. Restrictions that are implemented in certain towns and cities include zoning or even banning or limiting in new construction. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has espoused emission standards and certification guidelines for free standing indoor wood burning fireplaces and fireplace inserts that feature air supply controls and tight-fitting doors. The EPA also occasionally gives financial incentives to homeowners who replace their old wood stoves with units certified by EPA or non-wood burning heaters.

Picking Less-Polluting Indoor Wood Burning Fireplaces

Now that you know that indoor wood burning fireplaces is a significant contributor to pollution, picking the right kind is crucial to ensure that it does not just suit your needs but as well as produce less pollution. Indoor wood burning fireplaces and wood-burning appliances come in different kinds. This means that they also vary in their capacity to produce pollutants.

Opt for wood-burning heating appliances and fireplaces that include features such as secondary combustion chambers, dampers, and secondary air supplies to boost combustion efficiency and bring down emissions. Although these heaters often utilize less wood, they generate the same amount of heat, thus, allowing homeowners to save on fuel costs while minimizing air pollution. Heating units with these features often have passed EPA regulation. They usually came after 1988 when EPA started regulating them.

The emissions from indoor wood burning fireplaces, wood stoves, fireplace inserts and other wood-burning appliance that came before 1988 can be decreased significantly by incorporating a catalytic converter or combustor. This addition will aid in burning fine particles, gases and soot prior to venting them outside. Inspection of catalytic units must be done at least two times per year, ideally done before and during times when the need to heat your home peaks.

Other types of fireplaces cannot equal the quality of heat and cozy feel that indoor wood burning fireplaces bring to homes; however, the pollution they contribute to the environment makes their use restricted by the government and causes people to think twice before considering to use them.

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