As it gets to the colder months of winter, many people are turning to the fireplace to provide a source of heat and comfort as they huddle up indoors. But in order to enjoy your fireplace properly, you'll need to make sure that it and your chimney are in proper working order, which usually consists of having your chimney swept professionally. Though this is something you can do yourself, there are several benefits to having it done professionally that will help you significantly.
It's More Efficient
In order for your fireplace to heat your home properly, your chimney needs to be well ventilated to allow the smoke to go up and the heat to come out. A dirty chimney will not only keep the smoke from going where it should, but it will also limit the amount of oxygen that's able to reach the fire and keep it going. As such, you'll notice that you burn through more logs on a consistent basis and that you're not get nearly as much heat out of the fire as you would otherwise. It's a headache you don't need, so have a professional chimney sweep performed regularly to make sure there are no problems with its operation.
Nobody wants smoke filling up their home from a fire, but few people are aware that carbon monoxide poisoning is another potential danger. Gas fireplaces require an unobstructed path to let the smoke out through the top, but so does the carbon monoxide. Dirt, debris, twigs, and anything else that happens to find its way into your chimney can keep this from happening, and force that carbon monoxide back inside your home. If left unattended, the results can be disastrous. That's not to mention the side effect of leaving all that flammable material inside your chimney that could light with enough heat and possibly cause a structural fire.
It's More Comfortable
Smoke inside of your home will not only cause significant breathing issues for you and your family, but it can also damage the furnishings inside your home by leaving a trail of smoke and ash all over your house. Once the fire is out, the people under your roof will still have respiratory problems. It will require a professional housecleaning service to fully get rid of the contaminants that are affecting them. Chimney sweeping, on the other hand, is one of the best ways to eliminate that problem quickly and efficiently, while also maintaining the life of your chimney.
For more information on how to maintain your chimney, talk to a chimney sweeping service in your area.