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Lower Your Home Heating Costs with a Fireplace Blower

While many homeowners enjoy the natural warmth that a fireplace offers, it is not an efficient source of heat when as much as 80% of the heat is lost through the chimney. That’s why many homeowners are installing an energy-efficient fireplace blower to get more heat from the fireplace and lower home heating costs.   How Does a Fireplace Blower Work? A fireplace blower works by forcing Read more…

What a Routine Inspection of Your Chimney Might Turn Up

A lot happens within your chimney and fireplace when you operate them during the cold months.  Most of this is stuff you can’t see, which means if (and when) a problem arises, you won’t know about it.  For this reason, we have professional chimney sweeps that perform not only cleaning but also comprehensive inspection and repair services. Here are some of the common things chimney Read more…

Tips for Fireplace Safety – Wood, Gas, & Electric Fires       

Warming by a fire on a cold day is an undeniable pleasure, but it shouldn’t be the foremost consideration as regards a fireplace. Safety should always come first. A significant percentage of home fires every year are caused by heating appliances. Here are some safety tips and words of advice for using wood, gas, and electric fireplaces. Wood Fireplace Safety The condition of your chimney Read more…

Can I Use My Existing Chimney With a New Wood Stove?

For fast, powerful heat, great looks and energy savings, it’s hard to beat a modern wood stove.  With so many sizes, styles, colors and finishes available, it’s easy to find the ideal unit that will match any décor and produce the level of heat required for most sizes of rooms. One of the concerns that can arise when considering buying a wood stove is Read more…

The Anatomy of a Fireplace

The chimney and fireplace may look like a simple structure, but in reality are comprised of a dozen main components that work together so you can enjoy the warmth of a burning fireplace. And to help you provide the care and maintenance your fireplace needs to keep your home and family safe, here is an introduction to the anatomy of a fireplace.  1. Chimney Crown Read more…

Water & the Misunderstood Masonry Chimney     

What do you think of when you look at your masonry chimney? Maybe you think of the warm fires you enjoy in winter or you wonder how anyone can believe fat Santa could fit in that crowded space. If you look at the chimney and think about the way it’s being bullied by moisture and needs attention, you are a rare and insightful homeowner. It Read more…

Spring into Action with Your Annual Chimney Inspection

The birds are singing, flowers are blooming and the days are getting warmer, it’s the time of year when spring is in the air. It’s also time for those spring cleaning chores that we’ve been putting off for months. And one very important item that should be on every homeowners list this spring is an annual chimney inspection. Do I really need an Read more…

7 Essential Tips for Safe and Efficient Wood-Burning Stoves and Fireplaces

Fireplaces and wood stoves are an economical way of heating your home and the breath-taking fire adds ambiance and warmth to your space. However, these heating appliances can also result in injuries and chimney fires if you’re not careful. Fortunately, by following a few safety tips you can minimize the risks, and enjoy the warm glow of a burning fire during chilly winter Read more…

Stay Cozy This Winter with the Right Fireplace

If you want to boost your winter enjoyment while cutting utility costs, a fireplace is the perfect investment. There aren’t as many fireplace options as there are unique snowflakes, but you definitely have a wide range of choices. From the type of fuel your fireplace burns to the level of convenience it provides to the style and how it matches your décor, the various Read more…

What is a Direct Vent Fireplace & How Does it Work?

It’s fairly common knowledge that gas fireplaces are efficient heating appliances and bring many advantages to homeowners.  What isn’t as well-understood is that there are different types of gas fireplaces, and some do their jobs a lot better than others.  Let’s take a look at the highly efficient direct-vent gas fireplace. One of the reasons traditional gas fireplaces aren’t as good for heating as direct-vent models is that they Read more…

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