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Winter Home Tip: Fireplace Maintenance

Posted by Kirby Cox on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 at 2:18pm.

With this brisk winter weather, we're giving our fireplaces more attention, but it's important to give your fireplace some maintenance and care so it can continue working properly.

An article on the Global News Calgary website gives some helpful information on fireplace maintenance:

Just like a furnace, gas fireplaces draw in air from outside and can get dirty or plugged up, releasing dangerous carbon monoxide

“The seal that goes around this glass door is your only defense between you and the carbon monoxide that thing produces, and a lot of people have fireplaces running on thermostats where they don’t even know these things are kicking on and off automatically, and they’re filling their basements full of CO,” explains Bill Luke from Heatsafe Industries.

If the glass on your fireplace starts to get black on the inside, or the flame changes colour, that's a good indication your fireplace needs service. The average cost to get a fireplace serviced is $150, according to Global. More information on this can be found on their website here.

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