Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

Photo: a free standing natural gas stove.  Photo courtesy Travis Industries.Your Heat, Your Health, Your Choice

Decisions you make about how you heat your home make a difference for air quality, your health, and the health of your neighbors. Different fuel choices come with an array of environmental, economical and health considerations.

Heating choice comparison chart — annual emissions

If you are considering a wood stove or fireplace insert for your home, or upgrading your old wood stove to something that heats cleaner and more efficiently, take a few minutes to determine which device and fuel choice best fits your needs.  The links below and the following video provide an overview of some of the various fuel options to help you make the best choice for your family, home or business.


Natural gas and propane

Among the cleanest choices for home heating with regard to air quality, natural gas and propane offer numerous economic, health and convenience benefits for heating your home or business.


Electric heat

The cleanest home-heating option, electric fireplaces provide the ambience of a wood fire without the smoke and hassle.


Oil heat

Heating with oil is an efficient, air-friendly option.



Fireplaces are not a true heating device.


Take advantage of money saving offers

Check out the rebates and assistance on insulation and heating systems from local utilities and government agencies.


Pellet fuel

Pellet fuel is a biomass product made of renewable substances – typically recycled wood waste. Clean-burning pellet stoves are an efficient and affordable alternative to wood-burning.


Certified wood stoves

If you choose to heat with wood, opt for an EPA-certified wood stove or wood-burning fireplace insert. They burn about 60 percent cleaner than older uncertified stoves or fireplaces.


Manufactured logs

Manufactured logs, typically made of compressed sawdust or other organic matter, provide a cleaner alternative to wood for open-hearth fires

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Updated 10/21/14
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