Fireplaces are wonderful additions to your home for their aesthetic and functional charm. Styles range from rustic and traditional in appearance to sleek and modern. As for the type of fireplace, there are the traditional wood burning kind, gas-fueled, electric, wood-stove… the list goes on.
Regardless of which kind of fireplace you choose, however, an important thing to keep in mind is how that new fireplace will affect your indoor air quality. While modern-day fireplaces are incredibly safe to operate, some of them need to be operated according to their respective instructions. Failing to do so can create risks like polluting your indoor air with harmful exhaust.
Today, we’ll go over some ways that you can keep your air quality intact while using a fireplace.
Use a Vented Gas Fireplace
First and foremost, it’s important to have a fireplace that properly vents exhaust from your home.
In one regard, that means making sure that your fireplace is venting properly. Any issues with the chimney or flue pipes can bring harmful fumes such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide back into your home.
In the second regard, we mean that you should consider a fireplace that’s specifically marked as a “vented” fireplace. Vented fireplaces will take harmful exhaust and send it outside, just like a traditional fireplace.
Unvented fireplaces do exist, and while they can be safe to use when operated properly, those concerned with air quality will have better peace of mind with a vented fireplace. If your goal is to install a fireplace in a lower level, you may not have the ability to install a vented model and will have to go with unvented anyways.
Install Plenty of Carbon Monoxide Detectors
No matter what kind of fireplace you’re using, carbon monoxide is always a looming threat. Carbon monoxide is created when fuel is not thoroughly combusted, and it will happen in any fuel burning process. While the production of carbon monoxide isn’t in itself a bad thing, the problem is when there’s no proper ventilation.
The best defense against carbon monoxide poisoning is the placement of several carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is not visible, nor does it give off any odor, so a detector is your only option. If your fireplace ends up setting off the carbon monoxide detector, you’ll need to get proper heating repair in Sloatsburg to have the problem fixed.
Add a Filter When Burning Less-Clean Fuels
If you’re using a woodburning fireplace and not using clean-burning logs, you can mitigate the negative indoor air quality effects by installing a proper HEPA filter. You can substantially reduce the particle pollution this way.
And while we’re on the subject of woodburning fireplaces, we also want to remind you never to burn the wrong kinds of wood. That would include any wood that is wet, painted, or treated. Burning these logs can release harmful particles into your home.