A fireplace can be cozy and warm or a heat-loss magnet and a health hazard depending, on how you look at it – and take care of it. If you want to improve the efficiency of your chimney, we’ve got three smart ways to help you home.
Make Sure The Chimney Is Clean
The very first thing to make sure your chimney is the beacon of efficiency is to make sure it’s clean and free of obstructions. “Have it inspected along with your furnace or water heater during routine maintenance,” says our resident heating and cooling expert, Keith Hill from Minnesota Air. “Wood burning and oil burning appliance chimneys should be inspected annually.”
Keith says that cleaning may be required, as those types of fuels tend to burn “dirty” and give off soot during their normal combustion process.
“Soot will eventually accumulate to the point of blockage – and the soot is flammable. The primary cause of chimney fires is burning soot,” he says.
The key is keeping the air flowing safely.