|MURPHY, N.C. (February 21, 2018) – The American Lung Association today announced the launch of the North Carolina Woodstove Changeout Program. The program works to improve indoor and outdoor air quality by removing old, high polluting, low efficiency wood stoves and qualified fireplaces by replacing them with cleaner burning, more efficient EPA-certified woodstoves and hydronic heaters or heat pumps.
The program covers residents of Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Mecklenburg and Swain counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The American Lung Association has long been committed to reducing resident’s exposure to wood smoke. Since 2010, the Lung Association has successfully implemented a number of woodstove changeout programs across the country.
“According to the EPA, replacing older wood burning appliances will reduce emissions of hazardous pollutants that pose a significant danger for our families and communities by over 70 percent,” said Martha Bogdan, MSA, Executive Vice President of the American Lung Association, Southeast Region.
Particle pollution is made of soot or tiny particles that come from coal-fired power plants, diesel engines, wildfires and wood-burning devices. These particles are so small that they can lodge deep in the lungs and trigger asthma attacks, heart attacks and strokes. They can even cause lung cancer, and early death.
The wood stove changeout program lowers particle pollution emissions in the area and supports local retail stove businesses who are working with the American Lung Association. Participating retailers are Fireside Hearth and Home Shop in Murphy (54 Canterbury Rd, Murphy, NC 28906), Hearth and Patio in Charlotte (4332 Monroe Rd, Charlotte, NC 28205) and Mountain Air Mechanical Contractors Inc. in Arden (27 Loop Rd. Arden, NC 28704). Retailers will be added across the targeted counties as the program continues to grow.
Homeowners who live in the project area and own a non-EPA certified woodstove or qualified fireplace can apply for a voucher. Vouchers are available for:
- Up to $750 for replacement of a non-EPA-certified wood stove or qualified fireplace with a new EPA-certified wood stove
- Up to $1,500 for replacement of a non-EPA-certified wood stove or qualified fireplace with a new EPA-certified wood-pellet stove, ductless heat pump or new gas stove
- Up to $4,000 for a single story home or up to $4,500 for a two or more story home for replacement of a non-EPA-certified wood stove, with a new EPA-certified wood or wood-pellet stove, or ductless heat pump with a new heater rated gas stove, for an income-qualified homeowner
- Up to $6,000 or up to $10,000 for income qualified for replacement of an older technology hydronic heater with a new EPA certified wood pellet hydronic heater, or other clean technology home heating device
Applications for the vouchers are available online. Applications must be submitted directly to the American Lung Association via physical mail. Once applicants receive their voucher, they will have four weeks to enter into a purchase agreement with one of the participating retailers. The retailer then installs the new stove and recycles and makes the old stove inoperable. The number of vouchers is limited.
For more program details, go to http://www.lung.org/woodstove or call 1-800-548-8252. For more about the American Lung Association, go to: www.lung.org.