One of the best ways to beat the cold this winter is to sit beside a warm and inviting fire. The ambiance and heat that a crackling fire provides on a cold, clear night has to be one of my favourite parts about the season. As the premier agent for all your Penticton real estate needs, I would like to share the following tips to help you get your fireplace ready for the winter.
Depending upon what type of fireplace you have in your home will determine what steps you need to take to get it winter ready.
When it comes to a wood burning stove or fireplace, the most important part of maintenance is an annual inspection and cleaning of your chimney. You do not want a chimney fire, so make sure that you have a professional clean out your chimney. The main culprit is creosote which builds up over time and is a flammable deposit that can combust or clog your chimney.
Other types of fireplace maintenance you can do yourself are:
- Vacuuming and cleaning out the ashes from the bottom of the stove or fireplace. This simple task will allow your fires to burn hotter and more efficiently.
- Inspect the damper and make sure that it opens and closes properly.
- Check doors for proper operation and seals.
This maintenance will ensure that your fireplace is not only ready for winter, but is also safe for you and your family.
Natural gas fireplaces are another great way to heat your home, but also need to be properly maintained and inspected. The main components that should be inspected by a professional technician are the pilot light and the ignition system as well as the venting and the damper.
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Make sure that there is a proper seal on the connections and if there are any gas leaks or you smell natural gas, turn off the fireplace and have it professionally inspected and repaired.
Some tasks that you can complete to ensure a properly working gas fireplace include:
- Checking doors and valves for a proper seal and make sure they are in working condition.
- Vacuum the firebox, removing any dust, debris or cobwebs that may impede any gas flow.
- Clean the log set with a cloth to remove any dust or other flammable particles.
Stay Warm this Winter
A properly maintained fireplace will not only give you piece of mind, it will also keep you warm. If you would like any more information on how to get your fireplace ready for the cold months ahead or are interested in some of the new and exciting real estate options that are available in Penticton, please contact me today. I look forward to hearing from you soon.