What kind of fireplace do you have in your home? Is it a traditional wood burning fireplace, one that you need to go out and chop and dry wood or purchase wood to build up a roaring fire? Or have you replaced this with the convenience of a gas fireplace that lights with the flip of a switch? If you have gone for the convenience and efficiency of a gas fireplace, you’ll want to make sure that you have it inspected and cleaned to make sure it’s ready for a long winter season.
Functions of a Gas Fireplace
In a wood burning fireplace, a draft is needed from the chimney to keep the fire burning properly. Through the burning process, some of the heat from your fire is lost up the chimney or is absorbed by the masonry chimney. With a gas burning fireplace, the heat from the fire is actually forced back into the room, rather than going up the chimney.
There are three main types of gas burning fireplaces: inserts, built-ins, and log sets [https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/all-about-gas-fireplaces]. Insert and built-ins work great to help heat your room, while log sets don’t offer as reliable a heat source. Additionally, they come in vented or ventless forms. Clearly, there’s a gas burning fireplace for any homeowner’s needs.
Gas Fireplace Maintenance
To some people, the idea of a gas fireplace might be a little worrisome; after all, we all know that gas and fire can prove to be a dangerous combination, right? This is why it’s so important to have your gas fireplace inspected and cleaned on an annual basis by a CSIA certified professional like those that work at Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair. The inspection looks a little different than a wood-burning fireplace inspection. A big part of the inspection will consist of the technician making sure that all surfaces of the insert and burners are carefully inspected and cleaned. The pilot assembly and combustion chamber will also need to be inspected and cleaned. Perhaps the most important part of the inspection will be when the technician checks the gas pressure and the main burner operation. They’ll also check for carbon monoxide leaks and natural gas leaks.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
It’s important to be aware of the need for a working carbon monoxide detector. Check your carbon monoxide detector’s batteries on a monthly basis, and replace the batteries every six months, just to be on the safe side. This will help ensure that your family is protected from deadly carbon monoxide fumes.
Call the Pros
It’s pretty obvious why it’s so important to have your gas fireplace inspected and maintained on an annual basis. An important part of this process is hiring the right company to do the work for you. Make sure that your inspector is conscientious and qualified by checking for their CSIA certification – and you’ll definitely find both to be true when you hire Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair.