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Sunday, September 29 2013
If you need to choose a new fireplace then you can consider buying a vented gas fireplace which is quite useful. It is becoming more popular with home owners as these are safe to use and easy to install. Unlike the traditional fireplaces, you don’t need a huge chimney and can make do with a single pipe onsite. This pipe is attached with the fireplace and it helps acquire air for combustion. The same pipe also discharges the fumes and is quite convenient.

When you choose vented gas fireplace logs, you don’t have to worry about the fireplace. These kind of modern vented logs give you the ease to place it anywhere you want.

Using this kind of fireplace is very easy as you don’t have to worry about cleaning the ashes afterwards. It lights up very easily and can heat up the room quickly.

Instead of wood, these fireplaces use synthetic logs and fuel which is easy to use and light up better. These have a low ignition temperature and high calorific value which means that less fuel is required. This makes it cost effective. The synthetic logs that are used in it look just like real wood logs and the fire from them looks just like real wood fire.

Using vented fireplace is considered to be safer as compared to the closed ones. This is because the fumes and gases are released outside your home and you don’t have to worry about breathing in the harmful smoke and gases. With this you don’t have to worry about carbon monoxide build up.

Thus installing a vented fireplace is safe, convenient and cost effective.
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Tuesday, September 24 2013

As we prepare for another Midwest winter, it is important to begin taking some steps to ensure that your home is fully prepared for the frigid weather to come. At Chicago Fireplace & Chimney Co. we not only want to provide a great heating source for your home, but we want to make sure that you have a happy and healthy winter season.

  1. Ensure that your home exterior is properly waterproofed: Even though snow and ice can be damaging, the water that comes from this melted precipitation can be much more damaging to a building. If your home is not properly waterproofed, water can get inside to damage wood and other materials that are susceptible to moisture.
     
  2. Make sure that snow does not gather: It is important to make sure that snow and ice can easily be removed from your roof either by sliding off or having a clear gutter system for melted snow and ice. Letting hundreds of pounds of snow gather on your building can place unneeded stress on the roof and potentially lead to costly repairs or a dangerous collapse.
     
  3. Clear and properly treat all walkways: The hazards of unclear walking paths is obvious, but it is also important to treat your walkways with eco-friendly products that do not damage the concrete or other parts of your sidewalk or walkway.
     
  4. Purchase a quality heating source: It is very important to keep your home properly heated during the colder months. You need to ensure that you have a high quality heating source that let's your home remain evenly heated during the entire year. At Chicago Fireplace & Chimney Co. we have many different heating options for your home. A fireplace is a great way to heat your home safely and in an affordable manner. A good heating source keeps your pipes from freezing and your family comfortable.
     
  5. Keep air vents clear: Make sure that all air vents that pull in air for your furnace or other heating apparatus are clear of snow, ice, or other debris. This will keep your heating system working efficiently all year long. Additionally, you will extend the life of your heating devices by keeping them in working order and clear of any debris.

Winter can be a great time filled with holidays and fun in the snow. Make sure that you keep the cold outdoors his season by taking some of these steps. Not only will you avoid the sniffles, but you will keep your humble abode warm and cozy during even the coldest of nights.

Posted by: John Crisp AT 02:23 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Thursday, September 19 2013
If you have a fireplace at home then it is important to get it repaired and inspected regularly so that it functions effectively. For instance, if your room gets cold too fast or stays hot during the summer then you may have to get a fireplace damper replacement. It basically helps in closing the chimney flue when you are not using the fireplace. If it is damaged then the hot or cold air in your home can escape easily through the open chimney.

Apart from checking this you also need to see if the flue liner needs repair. If your chimney or the liner is damaged then you may need a new liner to get it work efficiently. It is an effective way by which you can take care of your damaged chimney without overspending on the repair work. You can install the liner by yourself also but it is better if you get it done through a good company they can do a better job.
 
You can contact a chimney installation company and they can inspect the chimney for you. If the damper is damaged then they can replace or repair the chimney damper for you. In case you need a new liner then they can help you to choose a good stainless steel flue liner, which has a better life. Make sure that the company you choose is professional, as they will provide you better services. They can take care of loose bricks and clean up the chimney as well so that it works efficiently.
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