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Oil Flues Need Service Too

As we begin to head into winter here in the Hudson Valley, it is time to make sure that your home heating system is ready to keep you warm and cozy. The last thing you need to happen is a malfunction of your oil-fired appliance, and to avoid this situation, you should have your chimney swept and inspected before winter begins. For over 25 years, All Seasons Chimney has provided superior professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services to the area, and we can make sure your oil-fired heating appliance and its chimney are working efficiently and safely all winter long. We would like to tell you more about why it is important to have your oil flue serviced annually and what you can expect from our service visit.

Why do I need to have my oil-fired chimney serviced?fire

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), the long running cycles of your oil-fired appliance during the winter are responsible for producing soot that sticks to the interior walls of your chimney. Eventually, this soot will fall and land either at the base of the chimney or directly into the top of your heating appliance. When you neglect to have your chimney swept, the flow of flue gases can be restricted. These flue gases consist of nitrogen, water vapor, carbon dioxide, and the poisonous gas, carbon monoxide. This increases the risk of this toxic gas leaking into your home. Another problem that can occur when you do not maintain your oil-fired chimney is the deterioration of the bricks and mortar joints. The sulphur in soot is absorbed into the masonry materials when it is mixed with moisture, and this can lead to the beginning of spalling damage. Metal flues can also be affected as the sulphuric acid reaction causes corrosion. To keep deterioration at a minimum, you need to have the soot deposits removed every year.

What can I expect from a oil-fired chimney service appointment with All Seasons Chimney?

When we arrive at your home to perform the annual maintenance of your oil-fired chimney, we will begin by setting up our equipment and sealing off any areas where soot could enter your home. We will then start our sweeping process with the pipe that connects your appliance to the chimney. The next step is the inspection of both the interior and exterior of your chimney to look for any damage that could become a safety hazard. If needed, we will sweep the chimney and remove the loosened soot deposits. Once service has been completed, we will restart your oil-fired appliance. If any problems were found during our inspection, we will provide you with a fair and honest estimate of the repairs needed to make your chimney safe to use again.

Make sure your oil-fired chimney is prepared for winter. Contact us today at All Seasons Chimney to schedule your annual professional chimney maintenance service appointment.

The Importance of Seasoned Firewood

If you are wanting to maximize the energy efficiency of your wood-burning fireplace this winter, here are some tips to take into consideration. One of the most highly recommended tips is to use properly cured firewood in your fireplace. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), seasoned firewood gives a longer lasting, cleaner burning, and warmer fire.

As the professional chimney company in the lower Hudson Valley, All Seasons Chimney works hard to make sure our customers are able to enjoy the best fires possible. We would like to tell you more about the importance of seasoned firewood, and how it can improve the energy efficiency in your home during those cold months ahead.

What exactly is seasoned firewood?

a pile of wood Wood that has been dry for at least six months after it has been cut is known as seasoned firewood. About half of the content of freshly cut wood is water. When you burn fresh-cut wood, a great deal of energy is wasted because heat that is produced must be used to burn away the moisture before it can be used to warm your home.

Seasoned firewood can also help you avoid other potential dangers

One of the most dangerous hazards of burning wood is the accumulation of creosote. Creosote is a compound that develops naturally during the condensation process of combustion. According to the CSIA, creosote is one of the leading causes of chimney fires, as it is highly flammable.

When you burn not properly seasoned firewood, it can lead to a faster accumulation of creosote build up. The slow burn time is also responsible for the rapid deterioration of the bricks and mortar joints of your chimney. This is because the corrosive gases of combustion remain inside your chimney for a longer period of time.

Seasoned firewood is the best and smartest choice!

The best wood to use this winter is seasoned firewood, as you get to enjoy warmer, cleaner, and longer lasting fires. To learn more about how to burn the best fires in your fireplace this winter, contact us today at 845-567-1217. We are here for all of your professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation needs!