How Your Furnace and Fireplace Together Can Keep You Cozy
No matter how powerfully and efficiently your furnace functions, nothing compares to the crackling flames of a warm fire. When it gets a little chilly in Middleburg, Florida, you can stoke the fireplace and run the furnace at the same time to keep your home cozy this winter.
Chimney and Fireplace Maintenance
Get your fireplace and chimney cleaned every year. A clean fireplace is a safe fireplace. Before you start using your fireplace make sure it is clean, and have the chimney cleaned by a professional. It is best to get them inspected and cleaned in fall or early winter so they’re always ready for service.
A chimney sweep can also tell you about any problems he or she notices. Animals and insects sometimes nest in the flue or throat of a chimney. A broken throat damper could cause problems with your fireplace’s operation.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Both fireplaces and furnaces can produce carbon monoxide. A carbon monoxide (CO) detector protects you and your family no matter how you choose to heat your home. If it detects unsafe levels of CO in your home, it will alert you to the problem. Smoke detectors are also essential for home safety.
Put Someone in Charge of the Fire
Never go to bed without putting out the fire in the fireplace. So that no one assumes it has been addressed, it is a good idea to assign someone to be responsible for ensuring the fire is put out for the night. This is also important when you are leaving the house.
Close the Damper
When you are not using the fireplace, close the damper. Otherwise, your furnace will produce warm air that heats that vacant space. Closing it will save money and help you keep your home warm.
You can use both your fireplace and your furnace this winter. By incorporating the fireplace you can reduce your demand on the furnace and save energy.
We can help to make sure that you heat your home safely and efficiently this winter. For more information contact the heating experts at Mike Merritt Heating & Air today at 904-240-4038.