Healthy Fireplace, Healthy Home
By Doug Hetsch
February 28, 2019
Annual Inspection, Chimney Cleaning
One of favorite things about wood-burning fireplace is the sensory experiences it creates. That’s why a lot of homeowners love wood-burning fireplaces. Although you may love the scent of burning wood, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns against it. Why you might ask? When you burn a woof fire, the fine particles in wood smoke can cause and worsen respiratory ailments including asthma and bronchitis.
What is more alarming is the fact that those particles can also trigger strokes and heart attacks. Knowing how to reduce the risks of experiencing these risks is very important. If there are people in your household with lung disease, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and other health issues, you need to be even more aware of it all. At All American Chimney Service, we would like to share some recommendations from the EPA to reduce your risks!
Only burn seasoned firewood
When shopping for firewood, you need to always look for wood that have been properly seasoned. Seasoned firewood has been sufficiently dried about six months. They burn longer and hotter, without producing too much smoke and other harmful gases. Burning wet wood only result in an overproduction of smoke, which can invade your living spaces and irritate your respiratory system. At All American Chimney Service, we strongly recommends that you only burn seasoned firewood to reduce the amount of smoke in your home.
Schedule your annual chimney maintenance services
The EPA recommends getting your chimney professionally swept every year by a certified sweep. This also helps to reduce the risk of a chimney fire. All of our sweeps have received certifications from the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). When our team comes, you can rest easy knowing they know everything. When we inspect your chimney and fireplace system, we make sure everything is properly installed so it can burn wood safely and efficiently. We want our customers to have the best indoor air quality in their homes. A healthy fireplace means a healthy home.
At All American Chimney Service, we are here to help you enjoy safe, warm, and healthy fires in your wood-burning fireplace.Contact ustoday to schedule your annual professional chimney maintenance services!