The sun is setting earlier and the kids are heading back to school. The summer is coming to a close and it’s time to open the windows and allow for the crisp fall breeze to ventilate our homes. The leaves will change color, the pumpkins will be right for the picking, and the football games will be loud and exciting. While we shake out the rugs and unpack our wool sweaters, we welcome the changing season and prepare for the colder months ahead.
While enjoying the cooler weather, take the time to ensure a few preventative maintenance measures with the fireplace in your house. Making sure that these issues are resolved now will ensure that your family will not be left out in the cold.
Check Your Fireplace
Take your fireplace into consideration. If you have a brick fireplace, then you have a damper. A damper that’s left open or not tightly closed can cost you money in the end. The warm air that your house is producing can escape through this small opening, and also allow cooler air to enter through it.
The department of energy says that a lit fireplace sucks about 24,000 cubic furnace-heated air up your chimney each hour. When your fireplace is not lit, a tightly closed damper prevents up to 8% of your furnace-heated air escaping up the flue and outside.
Consider a Fireplace Insert
At Courtland Hearth, we suggest using a fireplace insert such as a Wood Pellet Insert, or Wood Burning Insert to improve heat efficiency.
The fire stays behind a pyro-ceramic glass and the insert radiates heat, the insert’s fan then pushes the heat into the room rather than up the chimney and into the neighborhood!
Benefits of Your Fireplace
During a power outage caused by a storm or electrical problems, your fireplace will come in handy. Your family can gather in the same room and enjoy time together as they get toasty near the crackling logs. A wood pellet insert or gas burning insert provides far more heat than a conventional wood burning open brick fireplace. During a power outage, even a standard fireplace can help out on a cold night.
– Increased Value of Your Home
The National Association of Realtors claims that fireplaces add about12 percent per fireplace to the total value of your home. According to the National Association of Home Builders, fireplaces rank among the top 3 features desired by new home buyers.
– Added Ambience
The most enjoyable part of having a fireplace is the ambiance of a roaring fire. Evenings with friends and family are enhanced with the crackling glow of the fireplace.
VISIT COURTLAND HEARTH AND HARDWARE FOR YOUR FIREPLACE NEEDS
Our store has been around since 1883! With 100 years of experience, Courtland Hearth and Hardware is the best in the business. Come see why our loyal customers and contractors say, “Courtland Is Harford County’s Best Hardware Store” today!
With a wide variety of fire pits and the necessary accessories that go along with them, Courtland Hearth and Hardware is your number one choice for outdoor living needs. With a fully stocked hardware store, wide fireplace selection including installation services and parts, we house every tool to make your homeowner’s experience rewarding! If you need a glass window or screen repaired, plexi-glass or glass cut to size, we have the necessary tools for you! With over 35,000 products in stock, we’ll carry those items you won’t find in big box stores. Come get your fireplace serviced or tools sharpened today!
Serving Maryland, Courtland Hearth and Hardware has 4 convenient locations in Bel Air, Fallston, and White Marsh. Visit our Forest Hill location for all your fireplace needs, as it is exclusively a hearth supplier. Contact us today with your fireplace, outdoor living, and hardware needs.