Combustion Pollutants

Combustion means burning - a chemical reaction in which a fuel is converted into by-products and energy, often in the form of heat and light. Homes and offices can be exposed to a variety of combustion by-products. Sources include wood stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters, automobiles in adjacent garages or parking areas, gas-operated tools, lawn equipment and gas ranges.

Combustion can create many different by-products, depending upon the type of fuel and the amount of oxygen present for combustion. Some possible by-products of combustion include carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, water and various nitrogen and sulfur oxides.

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Page last revised: January 22, 2015