A fireplace is a great way to brighten up the holiday season. Here in New York, where it regularly gets snowy this time of year, there’s nothing like curling up with some hot coco in front of a roaring fire. However, before Santa Claus can crawl down your chimney, you should check out these 3 ways to ensure your fireplace doesn’t affect indoor air quality. No one wants to spend the holidays coughing or wheezing, which is why our Buffalo HVAC pros at Roy's Plumbing, Heating & Cooling are here to help you enjoy that your fireplace this Christmas without it negatively affecting your air.
3 Ways to Prevent Your Fireplace from Affecting Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality:
- Make Sure Your Fireplace is Properly Cleaned & Maintained: Every fireplace needs an annual cleaning and inspection to working properly. This will allow you to be sure that your fireplace’s venting system is functioning at peak performance and that you aren’t dealing with dirty, leaky, cracked, or obstructed chimneys and flues. Remember, fireplace pollution is quite toxic, so if you have not cleaned your fireplace in a year, make sure you do so before firing it up this winter.
- Pick a Clean Fuel: Assuming you have a wood-burning fireplace, you should purchase a dried or “seasoned” wood for burning, as this type of fuel will burn cleaner, and reduce the chance of indoor air pollution in your home. Hard woods are also much better than softer pines and firs. Maple, ash, oak, and beech are all great options. Painted or treated woods should never be used as fuel, as they can release harmful chemicals into your air.
- Consider Installing an Air Purifying Device: If you really want to do everything you can to make sure your air is clean while using your fireplace, it is a good idea to purchase an indoor air quality device from our experienced HVAC team. Roy’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling offers indoor air purification devices such as humidifiers, UV lights, and air filtration systems, including MERV and HEPA filters, which are known for removing 99.97% of particles from your indoor air.
Call (716) 215-2678 for indoor air quality improvements now, or click here to request service online.