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Schedule Your Non-Emergency Chimney Appointment in the Summer

The season of summer is a great time for entertaining, relaxing, and enjoying good times with your family. You may have more free time to take care of some annual home maintenance tasks as well. Although your chimney and fireplace system may be the last thing on your mind during the hottest months of the year, we recommend you schedule your annual chimney maintenance now.  Here are some non-emergency chimney services you can think about this summer!

Take Advantage of Our Off-Season Schedulingtablet with calendar on it

Take away the headache of scheduling an appointment around work and school during the summer! If you need an appointment on a certain date and/or time, our sweeps will be more available in the summer, too. When the weather is warm in the lower Hudson Valley region, it is the off-season for chimney sweeps. Our calendar is much busier after Labor Day. A full appointment book on our end makes scheduling harder on your end. If we find anything wrong during the inspection, there will be plenty of time for us to do the necessary repairs to make your chimney safe before fall.

Avoid A Stinky Chimney

One of the main reasons why the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and other national fire safety organizations recommend that homeowners have their chimneys professionally swept and inspected every year is to have the creosote deposits removed from the inner chimney walls.  This compound is the leading cause of chimney fires and has a strong acrid odor. This odor can spread through your house, and is exacerbated by humidity. Our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps take care to remove every bit of creosote from the chimney and your home.

Beat the fall rush by scheduling your non-emergency chimney service visits during the warm summer months. Contact us today at All Seasons Chimney to make an appointment for your annual professional chimney sweeping and inspection. You can count on our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps to make sure your chimney will work efficiently and safely this fall.

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!