When it comes to fireplaces, some people can’t see past the name and merely view them as places to light fires in. In reality, fireplaces have much more to offer — they’re classy centerpieces, elegant symbols of communal warmth and comfort, and bold displays of one of the most important discoveries mankind has ever made (or that Prometheus provided us, depending on your take).
In any case, whether you view fireplaces as mere utilities or something much more, it’s important that your fireplace is properly maintained in order to function properly. With this in mind, following are some tips on how you can properly maintain your fireplace.
Use It As a Secondary Source Only
First and foremost, it’s important to note that a fireplace should not be used as a primary heat source. Instead, you should always use your fireplace a secondary heat source — only if you want the added comfort of a roaring blaze among your common area. If you’re using your fireplace as the primary heating source in your house, it’s likely that you’re overusing the feature, which could lead to more serious problems down the line.
Clean It Once Per Week
It’s intuitive that your fireplace should be cleaned regularly, but most people are unsure of how often “regularly” is. In most cases, you should plan on cleaning debris out your fireplace at least once a week when you’re burning wood in it. However, if your fireplace is purely gas-powered, you only need to worry about cleaning it every year or so, unless you’re experiencing problems.
Don’t Vacuum The Ashes
Another good rule of thumb is to never use a vacuum when you’re cleaning ashes, since there is a possibility of coals still being live and hot somewhere in the pile. Unless your vacuum is fire-resistant (unlikely), sucking up a live coal could end up doing some serious damage to your vacuum and potentially yourself. Instead, you should always a small sweeper and a dustpan to remove ashes from your fireplace.
Get Your Flue Cleaned Regularly
Getting your flue/chimney cleaned every year will help prevent serious flue fires if you are burning wood. Likewise if you’re using a gas ignition system, having a trained technician inspect your gas ignition system can help prevent a disappointing evening in front of the fireplace if you can’t get the pilot to ignite.
Also, spiders are attracted to the fumes from gas-powered fireplaces, making fireplace ignition holes prime targets for nesting spiders. If you don’t start your gas fireplace for an extended period of time, it’s possible that spiders could end up nesting in your ignition hole, ultimately preventing your fireplace from starting. Unfortunately, these nests have to be carefully removed by someone who knows what they are doing; if you’re experiencing a dysfunctional gas-burning fireplace, you should contact a fireplace technician as soon as possible.
Luckily at Controlled Aire, we have professional, experienced technicians that are eager help out with any problems you may encounter, and can answer all of your fireplace-related questions.
Written by the staff at Controlled Air Heating & Cooling, where they provide the best solution for heating and cooling Moberly MO has to offer!