September is moving right along here in Franklin Lakes, NJ and fall officially arrives this week. That makes it the ideal time to take a close look at your fireplace if you have one, and get it ready for use again. Fireplaces usually sit untouched throughout the summer months but the cozy atmosphere they provide — to say nothing of inexpensive heat — can be a boon to your household. With proper preparation, you can ensure that your fireplace does its job without trouble throughout our long East Coast winter. Here’s a quick list of some steps to take to help make sure that happens.
- Set Up a Maintenance Session for the Chimney. A chimney sweep may sound old-fashioned, but modern HVAC services provide still provide important chimney and fireplace maintenance calls. This is important not only to remove any debris form the chimney (such as leaves and birds’ nests) but to periodically remove the creosote build-up from the sides, which can constitute a fire hazard if it isn’t addressed.
- Clean the Area Around the Fireplace. Many types of fireplace will pull in air from nearby through grills to help feed the fire. Dust in the air or the surrounding area can be pulled in and block the grill. Make sure the area around the fireplace is vacuumed and cleaned, and change the filters in your heating and air conditioning system to provide further protection.
- Check the Gas Lines. If your fireplace uses gas for fuel, you should make sure that the gas line is functioning and that no leaks or blockages have occurred during the off-season.
- Clear out the Ash. Your fireplace should be swept out and free of any ash or similar debris from previous heating seasons.
The pros at Design Air, Inc. are ready to help you get your fireplace ready for the winter. Give us a call today to set up an appointment!