The perfect weather for cozying up by the fireplace has arrived, but how do you know it’s safe?
After months of inactivity, a gas fireplace can pose a risk when not used and attended to properly. It is important to take the necessary safety measures with your gas fireplace or consider upgrading to a safer insert.
A licensed HVAC technician should inspect your furnace and fireplace annually. Smith-Dahlquist, Inc. has over 30 years of experience in the industry and provides gas fireplace service and installation in Sycamore and the surrounding DeKalb area.
“Failed ignition is a common sign that a fireplaces need to be serviced and or replaced. When components get dirty over time, it is taxing on the vital components in the fireplace and may cause the system to fail,” said Brad Cobb, sales manager at Smith-Dahlquist, Inc.
All gas fireplaces should have a protective screen over the glass. Safety screens reduce the risk of serious burns by creating a barrier that prevents skin from coming into direct contact with the hot glass.
Be sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home. Every home should have at least one CO detector located in rooms near gas appliances, including fireplaces.
“Anytime you have appliances that burn gas of any type it is a very important safety net to make sure you and your family are safe. The best location for a carbon monoxide detector is in the center of the home where it can sense the air quality from the whole house,” said Cobb
An upgraded fireplace can also provide energy savings and added convenience. Gas fireplace inserts are inexpensive to operate and can actually help reduce your gas bills.
“Installing a new fireplace is both aesthetically pleasing and efficient as well,” noted Cobb. “Efficiency ratings in any appliance start to deteriorate after years of usage, so getting a new fireplace installed will save you money when it runs and provide a nice focal point for you and your family.”
Smith-Dahlquist, Inc., 994 Crosby Ave, Sycamore IL 60178, 815-895-5470 www.DahlquistHeating.com