As temperatures continue to drop throughout December, you may be noticing that your fireplace just isn’t keeping up this year. It can be hard to put your finger on it, but something isn’t right. The changes may have been gradual over time, or sudden, but either way, there is a problem. Oftentimes homeowners aren’t sure what signs point to what problem. Even the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) admits that the majority of chimney issues are caused by poor fireplace design. Homeowners don’t know what makes a good fireplace design and many contractors aren’t certain either. It takes a certified chimney professional to build, assess, and repair a chimney.
The most noticeable issue with your chimney besides smoke, is a drop in efficiency. These two problems likely go hand in hand. If you’ve tried troubleshooting, and the issue persists, you should have it professionally assessed. It may be that the chimney system is dirty and you need to schedule a chimney sweep. If that isn’t the problem, you will need an inspection to determine any hazards that may be putting your family and home at risk.
From Chimney Issues to Chimney Remodel
It might be that your chimney was constructed improperly, and your flue, smoke chamber, firebox, or foundation is causing the issue. These structural aspects of the system are paramount and can be difficult to correct. It may be that you need a flue pipe to correct the size of your flue. Maybe you need some supports added to your foundational supports. If you’re lucky, it may be an easy fix, but many times it’s not. Hidden chimney issues can be bothersome, dangerous, and costly.
The Fireplace Solution
If your fireplace and chimney are just not working well together anymore, there are options for you. You don’t have to spend the next year troubleshooting this problem. Shop now, and find an insert that will become your dream fireplace.
Inserts are factory-built and retrofitted into your existing fireplace. They are vented through piping in the existing chimney, or vented through a wall or ceiling. No matter which insert is right for you, choosing an insert can solve many issues with your old open hearth. Direct vent inserts don’t use a chimney, but instead vent through a wall or ceiling. Additionally, this type of insert is a closed system, so you don’t have to worry about any hidden issues. Schedule maintenance appointments as recommended and let the professionals worry about it.
Inserts are more efficient than traditional, open fireplaces. Not only will you find it easier to heat during the winter, but your insert will not allow conditioned air to escape during the summer. This saves you money in utilities year-round.
West Texas sells, installs, and services inserts. When you call a West Texas fireplace expert, we can help you get started in the search to find your dream fireplace. Call us now or schedule an appointment online.