Wood Stove Safety Tips

Woodstoves are often a more efficient way to heat your home than traditional fireplaces. Many wood stoves can even provide warmth for more than one room. Yet, more than 4,000 residential fires each year are started by woodstoves. To keep your wood stove operating safely, consider these tips:

  • Check with your local fire department about solid fuel burning appliances before buying a stove unit.
  • Be sure the unit has been tested and is listed with a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
  • Pay attention to manufacturer’s clearance requirements and follow directions. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) advises 36” or 1 meter clearances away from any flammable items, such as curtains or flooring.
  • Install a floor protector that meets the heating appliance manufacturer’s requirements, and extends at least 18 inches on all sides of the heater, unless the manufacturer states otherwise.
  • Yearly, have the chimney and stovepipe cleaned and inspected.
  • Burn only seasoned hardwood or wood pellets in the stove.
  • Wait until ashes have cooled before removing them. Transfer ashes in a covered metal container to an outside location 10 feet or more away from the home, and douse them with water.

At the Energy House, our professionals can match you with the perfect wood stove or fireplace for your home. Check out our selection of Wood Burning Stoves or contact us today for more details. The Energy House has installed over 100,000 fireplaces in the Bay Area and is one of the most trusted fireplace companies in Northern California.

4 Ways to Spruce Up Your Fireplace Mantel

The holidays are coming which means it’s time to transform your fireplace mantel into a beautiful focal point. Here are some tips that you can use year-round to create gorgeous displays that complement your style and show off your passions.

Hang Up a Mirror

Hanging a mirror over your mantel offers an elegant touch and adds symmetry to the room. Additionally, depending on the amount of windows in the room, mirrors help bounce natural light throughout the room.

Showcase Art or Photos

Display your favorite pieces of art or figurines on your mantel. You can even place photographs of loved ones for guests to see every time they visit.

Bouquet of Flowers

Typically, it is not advised to have plants or flowers above your fireplace, but when the fireplace is not in use, the mantel is perfectly safe for your flora babies. Placing a vase of fresh, or artificial, flowers adds a natural element to your living space. Plus, it allows for more color in the decor.

Display Fragile Collections

Want to show off your newly acquired China or antique dishes passed onto you by a relative? Now you can by using small plate stands or easels to display your favorite fragile dish collection on your fireplace mantel.

At The Energy House, our professionals can match you with the perfect fireplace for your home. Contact us today for more details!

Preparing your Fireplace for Spring Season

Before planning to spend warm days outdoors, it is important for homeowners to prepare their fireplaces for the season change. The Energy House can recommend the proper fireplace maintenance to welcome the Spring Season, which will save you time and money, as well as help keep your family safe. The type of fireplace you own, either wood burning or gas, will determine what needs to be done to prepare for Spring.

 

Wood Burning Fireplace

Clean Up Ash- It is very important to clean out any ash and soot left inside the fireplace because it keeps the air quality fresh, and it restores the beauty of your hearth.  After cleaning out the ash, close the damper. Doing this reduces air from entering your home and prevents any remnant ash and soot in the fireplace from blowing in during a breeze.

 

Close the Damper- Typically, the fireplace is not in use during warmer months and there is no need for the damper to remain open. Closing the damper will help prevent drafts, water leakage during rainy days, and will keep out animals, such as birds, squirrels and raccoons. This also helps save on energy costs, by preventing any air-conditioned air from leaking out of the house during the summer months.

 

Schedule a Chimney Cleaning and/or Fireplace Inspection – Many homeowners are unaware that the best time to schedule a chimney cleaning is in Spring. It is typically more convenient because there are less appointments for the professionals during this season.  Having your chimney cleaned reduces the amount of soot and creosote buildup in the flue. When one of our professionals visits your home for an inspection, he will check the chimney and flue for cracks or leaks, as well as check that the damper and chimney cap are working properly.

 

Gas Fireplace

Clean the Glass Panel- If you own a direct vent fireplace with a glass panel, you should regularly clean the glass. First, remove the glass, then use the manufacturer’s suggested cleaner. For gas fireplace owners with glass doors, the same is recommended; use a soft cloth and the cleaner suggested by the manufacturer. Do not use any cleaning products that contain ammonia!

Brush off Soot – For any soot that has remained on your logs or the inside of your fireplace, you can use a dry paint brush to clean it off.

 

Schedule a Gas Fireplace Inspection- One of our professionals will take a look at the burner and other components of the unit.  Regular maintenance can increase  the lifespan of your gas fireplace and reduce the amount of money spent on repairs.

 

Turn off Pilot Light- For gas fireplaces with a standing pilot, you can turn it off during Spring and Summer. Turning off the pilot can save you money in utilities. If you do not feel comfortable or know how to turn off your pilot light, one of our professionals can do it for you during your appointment.

 

Choose Energy House for all of your fireplace maintenance needs and repairs.  Our experts can help keep your fireplace operating effectively throughout the year.  Contact us today for more information!

 

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