Snuggling up in front of a warm fireplace can be very comforting, until you start thinking about it’s impact on the environment. Aside from the wood that is being burned having been cut down, there are number of chemicals and gases that are released into the air when the wood itself is burned. Carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and other carcinogenic materials enter your immediate atmosphere. This can have an impact, not only on the environment, but also on human health. Burning natural gas fires are a much better alternative, but they are currently still a non-renewable resource.
Traditional fireplaces significantly contribute to air pollution. Wood-burning fireplaces produce air pollutants, including carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulates such as soot and ash. A good alternative to these traditional wood-burning fireplaces are the modern enclosed fireplaces such as the ethanol fireplace. They pollute much less than the traditional ones and are more efficient and economic. Plus, unlike traditional fireplaces they require less maintenance.
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