Preparing Your Fireplace and Chimney For Fall and Winter Use
Your fireplace is a crucial part of your home in the fall and winter. It creates a comfortably warm and inviting area of your home and can help you save money on your home heating bill. Even though the cold months are still a bit away, they will be here before you know it. Taking a few measures now will have your fireplace and chimney ready to use when that first cold snap arrives.
Clean Your Chimney
Having your chimney cleaned before the fall ensures that you will beat the rush. You can get an appointment to have the process completed around your busy schedule, rather than having to take one of the limited time-frames that are left once fall does arrive. This cleaning removes the debris and buildup that could otherwise cause a dangerous chimney fire or carbon monoxide poisoning that could quietly fill your home.
Have Your Chimney Inspected
Your chimney is constantly exposed to the elements. Over time, it can incur damages, such as cracks or a broken damper. Having the chimney inspected and any damages repaired helps to keep water (from rain or melting snow), cold and uninvited guests out.
Invest in a Chimney Cap
A chimney cap is a cover for your chimney. It has a solid top and mesh sides. It helps to keep out rain, debris, and small animals that might otherwise make your chimney their new home.
Prepare The Area Around Your Fireplace
Your fireplace needs some special attention as well. Make sure old ash is removed. Then make sure the area around your fireplace is safe. Make sure anything that could potentially catch fire - furniture or your curtains - are a safe distance, about eighteen inches, away. Another way to prevent fires inside your home is to use a metal mesh screen in front of the fireplace to prevent sparks from jumping out. There's something cozy about a fire burning in a fireplace. Preparing it now for when the cold months finally do arrive will ensure that you have a safe space to create an inviting atmosphere and allow you to enjoy your fireplace all winter long.