Indoor Air Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Apr 6, 2018 | Main Blog | 0 comments

 Who would think indoor air can be hazardous to your health? Indoor air– a pollutant? Unfortunately, that is often the case.

Exposure to air pollutants can be up to 100 times higher indoors than outdoors and the American Lung Association estimates that most people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, making indoor air quality (IAQ) extremely important. Many common household items contribute to poor indoor air quality. Compounds found in carpeting, furniture, upholstery, and drapery fabric constantly emit fumes. Other sources of pollutants can include cleaning agents, paints, and personal care products.

The tight construction of today’s homes also contributes significantly to poor IAQ.  Things like weather-stripping and storm doors are designed to save on energy costs.  However, they also prevent proper ventilation by keeping indoor air in and outdoor air out. The result can be a build-up of contaminants within the home.

Poor IAQ can be the cause of numerous health problems. Medical groups report that as many as half of all illnesses are caused or aggravated by indoor air pollution. Pollutants within the home can cause homeowners to suffer from flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and respiratory irritation. Two health problems that can be aggravated by poor indoor air are allergies and asthma.  Even people who have never suffered from allergies can benefit from improved IAQ. Fortunately, several steps can be taken to ensure that your indoor environment is the safest.

“Thankfully, there are things a homeowner can do to help alleviate potential IAQ concerns. The first step toward improving indoor air is to identify the sources of air pollutants”. “Eliminating and reducing these sources are the most effective ways to clean the air. Although it is not possible to remove every contaminant source, reducing the sources and/or the amount of pollutants they emit, will contribute to a healthier living environment.”

A great way to minimize the concentration of pollutants is by thoroughly cleaning the home. Frequent dusting and vacuuming can help to reduce the amount of dust particles in the air.

When you can’t sweep away all the irritants, you should consider a PureAir Air Purification System from Lennox Healthy Climate Solutions.  PureAir is your best defense against all three classes of indoor contaminants – particles such as dust, microorganisms like bacteria and volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde.

Ventilation also plays an important role in improving indoor air quality. Proper ventilation can reduce the concentration of pollutants inside the home.  An Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) or Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) can replace stale indoor air with fresher, cleaner outdoor air without sacrificing comfort or wasting energy you’ve spent heating, cooling or dehumidifying it.

Some of the most effective solutions for poor indoor air quality may involve heating and cooling systems. High-efficiency air filters can assist in absorbing particles that otherwise would escape due to their size. These filters help clean the air and provide respiratory relief by removing dust, dirt, and pollen. Other Healthy Climate Solutions products that are available include dehumidifiers, humidifiers, carbon monoxide detectors, and UV lights

 

To find out more about the most effective methods to improve indoor air quality, call Carlisle Petroleum Today 717-245-2382.

 

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Propane Fireplaces

Oct 26, 2018 | Main Blog | 4 comments

Propane fireplaces and stoves offer both comfort and ambiance, along with high-efficiency heating for homes, buildings, and outdoor spaces.

Propane fireplaces offer homeowners true versatility. They can be installed indoors or out, and they’re easier to install and more energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and convenient to use than wood-burning models. Plus, an attractive real flame brings warmth and ambiance to a living space, increasing its value with buyers. Propane fireplaces can be turned on and off with a thermostatic switch or remote control, and many models can operate during electrical power outages, providing a critical source of heating to the home.

Commercial fireplaces

Propane fireplaces and fire pits can be used for decorative or space heating purposes in commercial buildings such as hotels or restaurants. They add warmth and ambiance to guestrooms and welcome areas and can provide comfy, efficient heating to a room or space. Fire pits, hearths, and decorative flame features provide a cozy amenity and gathering place to highlight an outdoor courtyard or patio. Two-sided fireplaces take it to another level by separating two defined areas for cocktails and for dining.

Efficiency

High-efficiency propane fireplaces are suitable for all climates and can achieve Fireplace Efficiency (FE) ratings of over 90 percent. They utilize a direct vent design, so the air used for combustion comes directly from outdoors. This means the fireplace isn’t sucking warm air out of the house for combustion, the way traditional wood-burning units do. And since the direct vent inserts can be used to convert old, inefficient masonry fireplaces or can be added to new or existing rooms, propane fireplaces are an ideal solution for retrofit or replacement projects.

Here are a few facts you should know about propane fireplaces in homes:

  • They deliver 5 to 6 times the heating capacity of electric fireplaces.
  • A remote control feature helps to maintain a constant room temperature.
  • The average cost to operate is roughly $50 to $150/year.
  • Propane carries a smaller environmental footprint and produces fewer particulate emissions and less carbon monoxide than wood-burning units.

Hearth stoves

For your homeowner customers looking for alternatives to wood stoves, propane hearth products offer a cleaner, healthier option. Propane stoves and fireplaces are more efficient and convenient than woodstoves, and they use a fuel that’s available even in rural areas away from the natural gas grid.

A freestanding propane stove produces instant radiant heat and adds aesthetic value to a room. Venting options make installation easy and flexible.

Below is a fireplace fact sheet for you to reference.

4 Comments

  1. Gas fireplaces seems like a great idea. Like you said, getting one that is high efficiency sounds awesome, especially because it will only cost around $100 a year to operate. That’s awesome because we don’t have a long winter, so it’ll probably be even less!

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  2. NIce Post..Thanks for Sharing with us…Keep sharing..

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  3. Thank you for explaining how a propane fireplace is a good option! My sister is looking for a better way to heat her living room. I bet she would appreciate reading this article so she can see one option available.

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  4. Thanks for pointing out the benefits of propane fireplaces. My husband and I are thinking about getting a propane fireplace because we think it would be a good way to heat our home. It’s good to know that they can deliver 5 to 6 times the heating capacity of electric fireplaces if we do get one.

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