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Fire Place Safety and Efficiency

24 October 2012

It’s always a treat to have a nice fire burning on a chilly winter night. To help keep your family healthy and avoid a large loss of heat, here are two important tips to keep in mind when you use your fireplace this winter!

Provide adequate air for fireplaces to avoid backdrafting. When you have a fire going, it has the exhaust potential equal to a powerful fan, removing large amounts of air from your home. If your home is tightly insulated, this can create a negative pressure situation which can draw carbon monoxide from things such as your furnace and hot water heater.

It is easy to avoid this situation- just crack a window. This provides air for your fireplace to draw from and avoid a change of pressure in your home. This also allows the smoke to easily go up the chimney instead of into your living room.  Hint: remember to close the window once all the embers are gone! Source 

 After you use your fireplace, remember to close the damper to help prevent warm air from escaping. Leaving your fireplace damper open is like leaving a window wide open all winter. Keeping your damper closed when your fireplace is not in use can save you about $23 a year!

Happy heating season everyone!

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