There are fewer things cozier than gathering around the fireplace with some blankets and hot cocoa. If you’re looking to roast chestnuts on an open fire and warm yourself up, we’d hope you’d like to avoid breathing in any carcinogens from the flames. That being the case, you should be heating your home with clear air in mind.
Have Your Chimney Cleaned
You’ve seen the movie scene in which an avalanche of soot falls down the chimney and into a person’s home. As funny as that may seem on film, all that soot can fill your home with dangerous carcinogens and fumes, making the air you breathe harmful to your family. Have your chimney cleaned before lighting your fireplace.
Use the Right Logs
Make sure the wood you’re planning to burn is stored in a dry area so mold doesn’t grow on it. If you’re buying the wood, make sure it is EPA-approved and wax-free, as the wax can emit harmful contaminants into the air.
Only Burn Approved Wood
It may be tempting to burn old photographs, broken phones, or other trash, but avoid doing that. All those items, among other materials, emit particles into the air that can harm you and the environment.
Keep Your HVAC System Clean
Make sure your air filters are changed each month so they are able to properly catch harmful particles in the air, and keep your vent open to allow for good air circulation.
When it comes to heating your home with clean air in mind, let the experts at Air Treatment Company help. We offer HVAC installations, repairs, and maintenance, as well as whole home air purifiers to keep you and your family breathing easily. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 703-938-0550.