With winter approaching windows and doors are limiting the amount of fresh air into your home. If you’re one of the many Americans who heat their house with a wood burning stove during the winter, it’s important to remember that potentially harmful smoke and fume can be released into your home that can trigger various breathing disorders. In these cases air purifiers can play an important role to prevent toxins from polluting your home.
“Every year, the effects of respiratory illness increases. In winter months some of these illnesses are caused from wood stove toxins being released into the home,” notes an industry analyst. “Smoke, fume, carbon monoxide, and other toxins have diverse effects on people resulting in respiratory illness, breathing difficulties or other health problems. To improve your home’s indoor air quality during the winter months, use a properly sized air purifier that incorporates HEPA filters along with carbon filters.”
If you are using a wood-burning stove in your home, it is recommended that you get the air tested to see if there are harmful toxins in the air. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental dangers to the public.
HEPA filters remove many toxins and potentially harmful particles from the air in your home, including:
- Submicron dust particles
- Carbon monoxide
- Nitrogen Oxide
A HEPA filter works by removing the most difficult to filter particles from the air. It captures particles as small as 99.97% of 0.3 micrometers in size. HEPA filters use interwoven fibers, which grab the particles as they pass through the filter, removing these potentially harmful contaminants from your home environment.