Wood Burning and Your Health


Alen Air Purifiers remove harmful smoke from indoor wood burning firesDuring the winter months, the warmth, sound and smell of a fire can be a relief from the cold and dreary outdoors. However, the smoke from a fireplace can be particularly hard on those with heart health issues, allergy sufferers and asthmatics. It is important to know how this effects those individuals and what you can do to protect your home.

The smoke that enters your home from your fireplace contains a mixture of gases and fine particles, with the fine particles being the biggest health threat. These microscopic fine particles are also called particulate matter. They can cause health problems such as burning eyes, runny nose and, more seriously, bronchitis. In addition, particulate matter can also aggravate chronic heart and lung disease. Those most susceptible to the effects of this smoke are older adults (who are more likely to suffer from chronic heart and lung disease), people with asthma, emphysema or children, whose respiratory systems are still developing.

Air purifiers are designed to remove these fine particles from the air, making breathing cleaner and easier, even when enjoying a fire. In addition, an air purifier will also clean the air of other harmful airborne particles, including dust, pollen, pet dander, mold and bacteria. If you've avoided lighting a fire during the winter due to health concerns, consider purchasing an air purifier. Alen Air Purifiers can aid in removing harmful particles from your air and help you enjoy your fireplace during the cold winter months.

If you would like to learn more about how Alen Air Purifiers can improve your life and clean the air your breathe, visit our Learning Center. Also, access our Product Advisor page to help you decide which Alen Air Purifier might benefit you best.