Winter is coming to a close if you live in the area around Boulder, Colorado. It’s hard to believe that spring is right around the corner, and that means it’s time for spring cleaning and house maintenance. If you have a fireplace, there are a few things you should do at the end of the season to set yourself up for easy care in the fall when it’s time to light the fires again.
Avoid Creosote Buildup
You should have your fireplace cleaned annually by a professional, but beyond that, you’ll want to do a seasonal cleaning to get rid of the creosote that can build up in your chimney. Failure to do so can cause fires in the chimney, which can have devastating effects. Burn a creosote burning log in the fireplace at the end of the season to clear the passageway of any residue that can cause trouble.
Get Rid of the Ashes
Many of you may wonder what you’re supposed to do with your ashes. Sure, you could throw them away, but did you know you could actually reuse them? In a wood burning fireplace, the ashes left behind can be incorporated into your soil and help your plants thrive.
Shut the Damper
For wood-burning fireplaces, you’ll want to shut the damper when you’re not using the fireplace for long periods of time. This can cause unwanted air and odor to come into your living space.
Turn Off the Gas
If you have a gas-burning fireplace, turn off the pilot light. While it seems like just a tiny little light, it can still eat up energy just from being on when it doesn’t need to be.
If you have a fireplace, you’ll definitely need some maintenance, which is why you should contact Hi-Tech Appliance for all of your wood fireplace sales needs. Also, we have gas fireplace sales experts on hand, and we can service your heating needs.