Hire a Professional for a Fireplace/Stove Install
Homeowners are not moving as much as in the past. According to a recent survey, the average homeowner stays in their homes for 13 years, up from eight years in 2010. This trend results in a significant increase in spending on home improvement projects as homeowners update their homes. In Q1 2020, homeowners spent $326 B on home improvement projects, a 30% increase from 2015, according to Statista.
Fireplaces and heating stoves continue to be a popular trend and among the most requested feature of home buyers. That’s why when it’s time to update, many homeowners are installing new masonry fireplaces, fireplace inserts, and heating stoves. While it may be tempting to save money by installing it yourself, there are a few reasons why you should consider hiring an NFI Certified Specialist to do the job for you.
Whether you are installing a fireplace, insert, or heating stove, a certified specialist, has the expertise to ensure that the proper infrastructure and clearances from combustible materials are in place for the appliance’s safe and efficient operation. For example, if you are installing a gas fireplace or stove, the necessary gas lines will need to be installed and inspected. Since most gas appliances have electronic ignition systems, electrical wiring will need to be installed to operate the unit. Working with gas and electricity can be dangerous without the right skills and tools, so it’s best to hire professionals for the job.
Compliance with Building Codes
Depending on where you live, a chimney and fireplace installation will require compliance with current building and safety codes. These rules and regulations ensure your heating compliance will operate safely and has the required clearances and structural support to protect combustible building materials. In addition to complying with building codes, many municipalities require a building or mechanical permit to be submitted before installing a fireplace or heating stove.
A local building inspector may also periodically check the work to ensure the heating appliance and infrastructure are being installed correctly. If your installation is incorrect, you will have to spend time and money correcting any mistakes before receiving approval. An NFI (National Fireplace Institute) certified professional has the knowledge and training to pull any required permits and correctly install your heating appliance and venting system that complies with local building and safety regulations.
Correct Chimney Size for Fireplace
For fireplaces and heating stoves to properly vent exhaust, the chimney needs to be the correct size. The height and width of the chimney depending on the type of heating appliance that is being installed. If the chimney is too short or too tall, drafting problems will cause the fireplace or stove to operate inefficiently. It could also increase the risk of fire and exposure to carbon monoxide gas and other toxic fumes. An NFI certified professional would ensure the chimney or external vent meets the fireplace or heating stove manufacturer’s specifications.
Fireplace and heating stove installations aren’t very complicated, but they require specific knowledge of venting systems and the ability to work safely with wood-burning, gas, and electricity. Failure to do so safely may damage the heating appliance itself and cause property damage and even injuries. Our NFI certified specialists have the training, tools, and experience to install masonry fireplaces, fireplace inserts, and stoves safely and efficiently, so your family will enjoy the benefits for years to come.