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What Can You Burn in a Furnace to Avoid Air Pollution?

As a society, we become more and more aware of the importance of air quality and its overwhelming impact on our health and everyday lives. Wondering how to take care of the well-being of your beloved ones? What can you burn in a furnace to be more eco-friendly, and which materials or products should you avoid?

Once the chilly autumn and winter days start, most of us wonder how to heat our homes efficiently. If you want to maximize your chances of living a long, healthy life, you should also pay attention to things and materials you burn in a furnace.

Poor air quality — main threats

Long-term exposure to harmful substances like ozone and particulate matter (metal, dust particles, fine, soot, and smoke) found in smog, can cause:

  • cancer,
  • respiratory conditions,
  • circulatory conditions,
  • asthma,
  • heart attacks,
  • strokes.

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What not to burn in a furnace?

Air quality has a direct impact on our health condition, that’s why it’s worth monitoring it regularly. If you want to protect your family and yourself, avoid heating your home with:

  1. Coated or pressure-treated wood — it contains toxic chemicals and arsenic, which produce harmful fumes.
  2. Cardboard — if you tend to use pizza or cereal boxes to quickly get a fire going, you pollute the air you and your family breathes in. Instead, choose approved solutions like fire starters.
  3. Colorful magazines — the ink found in colorful magazines and newspapers creates toxic fumes and can additionally fill your chimney with dangerous residues that may cause fire.
  4. Evergreen trees — heating your home with trees like pine, cedar, or spruce can create heavy creosote deposits and lead to a chimney fire.
  5. Trash — empty plastic cups or dirty paper plates. If you think that you’re eco-friendly because you get rid of excessive trash, that’s far from the truth. Consumer products contain toxic chemicals and dioxins, which make people more susceptible to headaches, respiratory problems and cancer.

What can you burn in a furnace?

Although there are some solutions that are more eco-friendly than others, it’s best to go for electric (underfloor) or gas heating systems. Apart from being simple and convenient to use, these options don’t produce harmful smog.

Wondering how to install Airly sensors? Check out our blog post!

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