Are you looking forward to using your indoor fireplace as winter heads your way? They are more than decorative mantels, family portraits and having a place to hang your stockings. Fireplaces are obviously one of the resources we use to heat our homes and in order to do so they have to be prepared and maintained and taken care of in a such a way so that they last for years to come.
- Fireplace Preparation ~ Preparing a fireplace specifically for a season of use is easiest when you’ve shut it down properly the season before. But assuming you are getting ready for winter for the first time with a fireplace you’ve only recently acquired, the steps to being winter-ready are fairly simple. Even if the fireplace seems clean, best to look it over, making sure the ash catch and chimney have no obstructions. Make sure you have a screen and sufficient space around the hearth before building your first fire.
- Fireplace Maintenance ~ Maintaining a fireplace during use is important for safety and efficiency. A dirty fireplace does not circulate air as well as it should, which can leave some smoke in the home. If smoke, ash and even embers cannot escape appropriately, this interferes with heat and poses a danger to the home. Clean out your fireplace after every fire. See that your screen and flue aren’t damaged or needing repair and keep everything for the fireplace out of the reach of children.
- Shutting Down As Winter Ends ~ Once you know you’ve enjoyed your last fire for the year, closing it up for good is just a matter of one more good cleaning, closing the flue and scheduling a chimney sweep as needed.
Having a fireplace in your home is an investment worth the preparation and maintenance to last for a lifetime. Please contact us for anything relating to fireplaces, both indoors and out.