Recently, I considered moving my bed to the basement. I have a nice basement with two bedrooms and a full bath. However, the natural gas furnace is in the basement and the combustion gases can have detrimental health effects.
Older furnaces have only one pipe that draws outside air into the combustion chamber. Then the combustion materials from the flame exhaust into the surrounding indoor air, contributing to asthma, allergies, and mold growth in the home and lungs.
Newer, energy efficient furnaces have two pipes: One for air intake and the other for exhaust. If you can see the pilot light and/or have air vents in the body of the furnace, it exhausts combustion gases into the air that you breathe.
When people tell me that they have more health problems from October through April - the heating season - then I believe they have a natural gas furnace or other natural gas appliances that are exhausting into their homes. During the cold months, the doors and windows are closed and more combustion materials are inhaled. One of the worst offenders is a gas log fireplace!
In the United Kingdom, rural citizens traditionally have had fireplaces, wood stoves, peat burning stoves or other such sources of indoor heat. City residents have likely had hot water heat. With a hot water system, a boiler heats water that passes through pipes and radiators. The boiler is kept in a closed utility area or basement.
A few years ago, their government considered providing natural gas so residents could have forced air central heating, where the air is heated and blown through the house via ducts. An investigation was done, however, that left them unenthusiastic about the idea.
The study found that residents of homes with forced air, natural gas heat had more asthma, bronchitis, mold and fungus issues!
An article provided by Iowa State University, entitled Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Unvented Gas Space Heating Appliances says, "Approximately 9.6% of the heating energy available in gas comes from burning the hydrogen which produces water vapor...the water vapor condenses on room surfaces, which increases the potential for wood rot, peeling paint, plaster failure, and mold growth." T.H. Greiner, PhD, P.E., Extension Agricultural Engineer, September, 1998
The above-mentioned article is focused on unvented heaters, but the British Study found a similar result with force air, natural gas furnaces, particularly, those that have only air intake but do no exhaust to the outdoors.
In order to enjoy the benefits of your forced air, natural gas furnace without the detrimental effects, you can purchase the Austin Air Purifier.
There are air purifiers, then there are AIR PURIFIERS!
What do I mean by that? Most air purifiers are very helpful to pick up pet hair, dust particles and many things that float around in the air, thus preventing you from breathing them. But those air purifiers don't necessarily remove molds (which are very, very small), and GASES!
So, click the link that says Austin Air Purifiers and it will take you to our Austin Air Landing Page where you can read all the details about the purifier that removes air pollutants and reduces asthma, bronchitis and, even snoring!
- Sounder Sleep
- Reduced Snoring
- Reduced Sneezing
- Reduced Allergies
- Reduced Asthma Attacks
- Reduced Coughing and Wheezing
- Reduced Dry Mouth and Runny Nose
- Strengthens Immune System
- Removes Viruses and Bacteria
- Removes Air Particles
So, with an Austin Air Purifier, a person could have their bedroom anywhere they want, trusting that they would be protected from the combustion gases (volatile organic compounds) that otherwise would be unhealthy.)