Wood Burning Resources and Air Quality Tools
Below are wood-burning resources from EPA, state and local agencies, and partner organizations.
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Choosing a Wood-Heating Appliance
- Alliance for Green Heat - Information on choosing appliances and federal and state policies.
- Pellet Fuels Institute (137k) - This calculator compares costs of using different fuel types, including wood, gas, oil, and electric.
- Hearth.com - Find hearth products and have your hearth questions answered. How much heat does that room need? - Estimate the amount of BTUs required to heat a room by entering in the room’s dimensions.
- Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA) - Information for outdoor wood heaters, wood stoves and other related industries
- HPBA's Responsible Wood-burning Fact Sheets - Responsible wood burning provides efficient and economical home heating, helps reduce home energy costs, and protects your neighborhood air quality.
- Wise Heat - Heating reviews.
Installation and Maintenance
- Chimney Safety Institute of America - Non-profit, educational organization dedicated to chimney and venting system safety.
- National Fireplace Institute - Independent, non-profit agency that provides certification for proper installation of hearth products.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Asthma Website - Information on asthma triggers, treatment and management.
- EPA's AIRNow - Find the air quality forecast for your area.
- EPA's Asthma Website - Learn which indoor and outdoor environmental factors trigger asthma.
- EPA's Particle Pollution Website - Basic information about particle pollution, including regulatory actions, trends and research.
- Particle Pollution and Your Health - Characterizes particle pollution and how it can impact human health and the environment.
- EPA's Indoor Air Quality Website - Protect the air in your home, school or building.
- NoAttacks.org - Provides information on asthma triggers.
- The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality - A discussion of health effects from wood smoke and ways to reduce exposure.
Tools and Other Resources
- EPA Region 1 Valley Identification Tool and Valley Profile Tool - Valleys in New England are especially vulnerable to higher levels of PM2.5 from wood smoke during winter air inversions. These tools identify populated valleys throughout New England that are at risk for wood smoke pollution. They can be used to better plan air quality monitoring, outreach and mitigation.
- European Wood-Heating Technology Survey - An overview of combustion principles and the energy and emissions performance of commercially available xystems in Austria, Germany, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.
- Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) - Nonprofit association providing scientific, technical, analytical, and policy support to the air quality programs of the eight Northeast states (CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI, and VT).
- NESCAUM Model Rule - A model rule that state and local agencies can use to regulate hydronic heater emissions.
- Partnership for Clean Indoor Air - Resources and expertise to improve health, livelihood, and quality of life by reducing exposure to indoor air pollution in developing countries.
- Air Quality Designations for Particule Pollution - Information about PM2.5 designations for the United States.
- Washington State Department of Ecology - Outlines residential burning requirements in WA state.
- Western States Air Resources Council (WESTAR) - Fifteen northwestern states who discuss western regional air quality issues of common concern and share resources.