As it is starting to get colder and families are eager to get their fireplace started, there are some that would prefer not to create any health or environmental problems. It is still possible to switch to a greener option rather than sticking with a traditional fireplace every year. Burning firewood may be one of the oldest ways to keep warm, and it definitely adds a charm during the festive season. But it’s downside holds a higher stake at bringing in risks such as toxic carbon monoxide, soot, and chemical gases that could contribute towards health problems especially towards pregnant women, young children, and those with a breathing condition.
Wood pellets are a greener alternative to firewood for those who’d still prefer using food to generate heat. Wood pellets are a combination of excess lumber materials and sawdust. These wood pellets burn almost completely and effortlessly. However, you’ll need to purchase a pellet stove or have a fireplace insert for the wood pellets to burn safely.
Other than that, a better alternative would be getting an electric fireplace. Electric fireplace releases heat by taking in cold air and operates with a power outlet. One of the best electric fireplace includes an air purifier to filter impurities from the air for healthier lungs. Also, electric fireplaces do not have actual flames but they do display realistic ones behind a glass screen. Depending on which model you get, almost all electric fireplaces are portable and uses minimal foot space. It is also better for the environment in switching to an electric fireplace as energy consumption is low and it does not release any harmful emissions into the air.
In the end, it is entirely up to you to what kind of fireplace you’d want to add to your home, whether it could be one that uses wood pellets or an electric powered fireplace, or if you just want to stick with the traditional, eventually it all still counts to adding ambiance to your home this festive season.