Do you want a fireplace, but just don’t have the time or energy to commit to hauling logs, cleaning ash, and building fires? Consider a gas appliance! Gas fireplaces are a great option for homeowners who want to enhance the aesthetic of their living space, without having to put in all of the work. They are easy to use and require almost no maintenance on the part of the homeowner. Just flip a switch and you’ve got a cozy fire – you can’t beat that!
It’s no doubt these units are a big hit, so, as their popularity grows, we want to encourage homeowners to make sure they’re staying as safe as possible. There are a few things to keep in mind if you’ve purchased (or are considering purchasing) a gas appliance for your home.
Invest In A Professional Installation
First things first, make sure your gas fireplace or insert is installed by a professional chimney sweep. Investing in services from a CSIA certified technician is the best way to ensure the job is done in accordance with all of the latest codes and regulations. Improper installation can lead to some serious issues down the line and should be avoided at all costs.
Some risks include:
- toxins leaking into your home,
- malfunctions that call for expensive repairs,
- and lack of efficiency and heat output.
You and loved ones also face the risk of inhaling carbon monoxide, which can lead to major illnesses and has proven to be fatal when not addressed right away. Installation jobs are always something best left to a professional… and the certified staff at Winston’s Chimney Service is here to serve you!
Schedule Regular Maintenance
Many times homeowners don’t realize that gas appliances need yearly check-ups, just like wood-burning fireplaces do. Annual Inspections are the best way to ensure everything is operating normally and efficiently. Additionally, your sweep can check for any necessary repairs and blockages.
It’s important to stay on top of any potential risks or malfunctions – schedule your inspection today before the holidays arrive. Our professional staff is ready to help you out soon!
Purchase Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
One thing we strongly encourage homeowners to do is purchase smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for their home, then have them installed by a professional. Since carbon monoxide is nearly impossible to detect (being odorless and colorless), these devices are often the only way to note its presence in your living space. These detectors often serve as the first warning sign of trouble throughout a home and save countless lives every year. Invest in yours today, and be sure to check and change the batteries on a regular basis.
Let Us Serve You
No matter your chimney or fireplace needs, we want to help you out. Our staff is more than qualified to provide countless services, all of which will make your fireplace run safer and more efficiently. Let us help you out soon – contact us today, and we’ll get an appointment set up for you!