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Home Improvement Energy Savers: Fireplaces

Jul 31, 2008
There is definitely something elegant and cozy that fireplaces add to almost any home. However, even though they are a great addition, they are also a lot of work.

You see many people don't take that some important things into consideration when they have fireplaces installed or when they buy a house that has one or more of them. For instance, consider the following points.

Drafts / Heat Loss

If you don't end up using them, you have to have them covered up. If you don't do anything at all with them, they can cost you money on your energy bills due to a loss of heat and drafting issues.

If you ignore your fireplaces and are not using them, you may find that you have a draft in the wintertime and that your bills are higher than they need to be. You should always have someone come in to close up your fireplaces if you don't intend to use them any time soon.

If you think you may use them again in the future, make sure you find someone who can close them up so you may open them again when you wish to start using them again. Some ways of closing up fireplaces are permanent, so make sure you are specific about what you want done.

Maintenance

If you do use fireplaces, they require maintenance. When you actively use your fireplaces, you have to remember to keep them clean. They can be a fire hazard as well, and that means you have to have someone come in to check and clean your chimney at least once a year if not more. You have to keep the ashes cleaned out, and it will add a certain aroma to your home that you may or may not like.

If you don't mind all of those things, you certainly should have fireplaces and use them if you want to. However, don't just use them and then ignore the upkeep or you could be putting your home in danger of burning down.

Overall, fireplaces can be great additions to the home, though most only use them once in a while. Safety is an important issue, as many lose their homes to fires because they did not care for them the right way. Always have the number of a good chimney sweep company on hand, and know what to look for if there may be problems. If smoke starts backing up into your home when you use them, you may have blockage that needs to be addressed immediately.

Great Deals on Fireplaces

You don't even need to leave now to find good deals on fireplaces today. Search online with keywords to describe what you would like at top search engines like MSN.com or Yahoo.com. For example, enter, "brick wood burning fireplace" and even enter your area (city, state) to zero in on the closest for cheaper delivery rates.

Then review sites that turn on in the online engines, comparing not only price, but quality, customer service and professionalism. For instance, does customer service answer the phone when you dial? Or is there no number, only a PO Box?
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