Best Fireplaces For Allergies And Asthma
Fireplaces can be a cozy and inviting addition to any home, but for people with allergies and asthma, they can also be a source of problems. Wood smoke contains tiny particles that can irritate the airways and worsen allergy symptoms. In addition, the heat from a fireplace can dry out the air, which can also trigger allergies and asthma.
What Is Asthma?
Asthma is an incurable chronic lung condition that causes the airways to become inflamed and narrowed. It makes breathing difficult and can cause symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Asthma triggers include allergens, cold air, exercise, and respiratory infections.
However, there are still ways for people with allergies and asthma to enjoy the warmth and ambiance of a fireplace. Here are some of the best fireplaces we recommend for folks in Buffalo, Rochester, and western New York with allergies and asthma:
Electric fireplaces do not produce emissions, making them a good choice for people with allergies, asthma, and COPD. They are also very convenient to use and do not require any venting. So, we can install it in virtually any room in the house, even on your patio or deck!
Gas fireplaces do not produce wood smoke, so they are often an excellent choice for anyone with allergies and asthma. They are also relatively easy to keep clean and maintain. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, we can convert it into a cleaner, more energy-efficient gas fireplace with the ambiance of an authentic wood fire experience.
Pellet Fireplace Inserts
Pellet fireplace inserts are essentially stoves that burn small pellets of compressed wood. They produce less smoke and pollutants than traditional wood-burning fireplaces. So, they’re an excellent choice for New Yorkers with allergies and asthma who want a cleaner, fire-burning experience without the irritating pollutants of a traditional fireplace.
How to Burn a Wood Fire with Low Toxin Emissions
Wood smoke can contain harmful toxins that reduce indoor air quality. According to Andrew Wield, M.D., you can reduce the amount of toxins emitted by burning only 100% untreated wood or specially manufactured fireplace logs. The American Lung Association (ALA) recommends purchasing wood early in the year and storing it in a covered space for at least six months before use. This allows the wood to dry thoroughly. It will burn more efficiently and produce less smoke.
Choosing a fireplace for people with allergies and asthma:
- Install the fireplace in a well-ventilated area.
- Avoid using the fireplace on days when the air quality is poor.
- Keep the fireplace clean and free of dust.
- Have a Certified Chimney Professional® provide an annual inspection and cleaning every year.
- If you experience allergy symptoms, stop using the fireplace and move to another room.
With some planning and care, those with allergies and asthma can still enjoy the benefits of a fireplace.
Where to Buy a Fireplace for Allergies and Asthma
A clean-burning, energy-efficient fireplace is the ideal heating appliance for folks with allergies and asthma. From a large selection of electric and gas fireplaces to stoves and accessories, Felgemacher Fireplace Shop in Cheektowaga, NY, has everything your hearth desires to improve the indoor air quality in your home.
Call (716) 482-1820 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today!