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How Winter Cold Creates Problems with Your Fireplace

Friday, March 28th, 2014

The winter cold still continues into the spring here in New Haven, so if you have a fireplace in your home, you’re probably still getting plenty of cozy use out of it. But even though we expect to have hearth flames glowing during the winter, the winter’s cold can cause some serious problems for your fireplace that may require you to hire a professional fireplace repair service to fix the issues.

We’ll look at the problems that harsh cold can create for a fireplace and chimney. Because of the sturdy brick and stone construction of most fireplaces, repairs require specially trained workers. For your fireplace in New Haven, CT, call our hearth and chimney experts at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning.

Winter Problems for a Fireplace

The No. 1 trouble that cold weather will cause a fireplace is cracking because of moisture. Water will get into a chimney and fireplace during rains or light snow, and moisture will enter small crevices in bricks and mortar and inside the chimney liner. When the temperature drops further, the water will freeze and expand as it becomes ice. This can cause large cracks to develop in the masonry and the chimney liner. This is not only a structural problem, it can allow flames and heat to escape from the chimney and firebox of the fireplace, leading to damage to combustible material or fires starting in upper floors or on the roof. Cracking of any kind needs professional heating system repairs before it turns worse.

The other problem you can encounter in cold weather is trouble with heavy downdrafts (or “negative pressure”). For your fireplace to work properly, it must displace exhaust up the chimney and replace the vacant area with cooler air. Strong winter winds can cause external pressure on the chimney and create problems with proper venting, as well as blow smoke back into your home. This problem can be worse if the chimney isn’t tall enough (an issue that may require extensive reconstruction), or it might come from a damaged damper. If you have serious problems with this, have a professional come out to inspect your fireplace for possible fixes.

Maintain Your Fireplace

To make sure that the problems from cold weather do not compound and worsen, you need to schedule regular maintenance and cleaning for your fireplace and chimney. For professional heating service in New Haven, CT, pick up the phone and give us a call today to set up your next appointment. Don’t forget to ask about our maintenance program so you’ll know how best to care for your cozy hearth.

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What Type of Fireplace Emits the Most Heat: Gas or Wood?

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Today, we tend to think of fireplaces as cosmetic parts of our home: they turn living rooms into more attractive places to gather, and they add an ambiance of the holidays to any time of the year.

But fireplaces can also serve as adjuncts to your heating system, providing warmth to rooms to assist a furnace, boiler, or heat pump. If you are looking for fireplace installation that goes beyond a pleasant-appearing home addition to provide you with additional heating as well, talk to our Stamford, CT fireplace experts at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning. We have more than three and half decades of experience with fireplace installation.

What type of fireplace delivers more heat?

Fireplaces come in a greater diversity of types than they once did. The traditional wood fireplace now has competition from the gas fireplace. Gas fireplaces have some major advantages over the standard wood kind (chief among them: no need to keep getting more wood and tending to the fire), but the important issue here is if gas fireplace emit superior heat.

Let’s turn to the U.S. EPA on this issue. A difficult part of answering the question is how variable and unpredictable the heat from a wood fireplace is. The heat depends on the amount of wood put on, as well as the type of wood. You can more easily predict what a gas fireplace will produce, since it’s only the flick or a switch or the turn of a handle to bring on the flames.

The EPA, however, does not recommend an older wood-burning fireplace as a primary source of heat. “Draft from a fireplace tends to suck all the warm air in a home and take it up the chimney. If you use a fireplace, expect other rooms in the home to be cooler due to escaping warm air. And, if you’re using central heating while burning in a fireplace, expect your heater to work harder to maintain temperatures around the house.” The EPA then emphasizes that this does not apply to gas fireplaces, which require less venting and burn more efficiently.

So the question is not so much which one emits more heat; it’s which one prevents the loss of more heat. In this regard, the gas fireplace clearly comes out on top. However, we cannot deny the greater pleasure people get from the crackling sound and wonderful aromas of a wood fireplace. There are types of wood fireplaces that can help heat your home, such as high-efficiency fireplace inserts. If you don’t want to go with a gas model, be sure to ask your installer about these great options.

We can custom design a fireplace to fit your needs, so when you need a fireplace in Stamford, CT, call the specialists at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning.

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Can I Put a Fireplace in My Home?

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

One of the great pleasures of a New England winter is to curl up in front of a warm and blazing fire. However, if you live in a home without a hearth or a chimney, you may think that a fireplace is completely out of the question. However, that’s not true at all—you can have a fireplace put in your home. And we’re not talking about one of those “video fires” that plays from a DVD on your television monitor. You can have a full installation done of any kind of fireplace you want—gas power, wood burning—without worries… as long as you hire professionals to handle the installation.

Having a fireplace put into your home is a big project, so make sure you find a company with years of experience to take on this task. Celco Heating and Air Conditioning has been in business installing fireplacesand many other types of heating systems in and around Westport, CT since 1976.

Putting in a fireplace means getting a custom design to fit your home. The installers will work out a design with you that will both fit with the look of your house and safely remove the exhaust to the outdoors. You can count on Celco Heating and Air Conditioning to come up with a design that is unique and effective.

After you have your fireplace installed, make sure that you enroll in a regular cleaning and maintenance program to keep it beautiful and safe. Should you need repairs, you can always count on Celco Heating and Air Conditioning to take care of it.

There’s no reason for you to miss out on the joys of a genuine wood or gas-log fireplace in your home. Before the winter arrives, get started with having a fireplace installed in your Westport home so you can spend the upcoming cold months with warmth that also brightens your home.

Contact Celco Heating and Air Conditioning for your Westport, CT heating service needs.

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