There are a variety of ways to keep your home warm in the colder months, such as wood fireplace, gas fireplace, radiant heat, electric heat, or gas furnace. However, this increases the opportunity for hazardous events to happen inside the home because many of these can also be a source for danger.
We aren’t telling you to forget about using a fireplace in your Ottawa area home. Who doesn’t like to curl up in front of a fireplace with a blanket and hot drink? It almost makes us wish it was cold all year round. Almost.
Just like your heating and cooling system has to have regular maintenance, it’s recommended that you take the time to take care of your fireplace and schedule yearly inspections to make sure there aren’t any necessary repairs. Heating-related fire is the leading cause of residential fires in rural areas and accounts for 28% of all the residential building fires.* Francis Home Environment Heating and Air Conditioning in Ottawa can help with the inspection and make sure your fireplace is free of excess soot and the building is properly insulated.
When you aren’t using your fireplace, check to see if the damper is properly closed. If it’s not, that can lead to both indoor air pollutants and allowing the warm or cool air in your house to escape, contributing to higher energy bills.
Give us a call at 613-723-4700 for more information or to have Francis Home Environment in Ottawa check out your fireplace to inspect it for any issues while walking you through safety and operating tips.
*Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention