Chimneys: Keep 'em Clean… and Closed (When Not in Use)

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Energy Saver Update


October 27, 2021

Chimneys: Keep 'em Clean… and Closed (When Not in Use)


Fireplaces are perfect for cold winter nights, for "indoors camping" or just for sitting near and watching TV. There's very little like the crackle, fragrance, and heat of an open fire.

That said, while your fireplace may be decorative, enjoyable, even functional, it's also one other thing: a great big hole going to the outdoors.

Many families have glass doors across their fireplaces. That's a good start, but there's something else you should remember to do - keep the chimney closed. It's more than just a good idea; hot air rises, after all, and the money you spend heating your home could literally be going up the chute.

Visit the Energy Saver Blog to learn how to prepare your fireplace for winter and be safe and efficient while using it.

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