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Five Fireplace Safety Measures in Worcester MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 07, 2014

A fireplace is one of the many options for home enhancements. It helps in heating up your home and reducing home heating expenses. But before you use it, do the following fireplace safety measures first whether you are using a wood, gas, or electric fireplace:

Make necessary repairs
Check up the parts of your fireplace as it may have missing cap or loose bricks. Repair these and all else before you use your fireplace to supplement your main heating system. Also make sure the fireplace mantle and area around the hearth is clear of decorations, especially those combustible materials, and of debris for safe use of your fireplace.

Hire a chimney sweep
Before you enjoy relaxing by a warm fire with your fireplace, hire a chimney sweep to remove soot and debris left by last year's winter. You may also ask a certified chimney specialist to have your chimney its annual check-up. They may also some helpful tips on fireplace safety.

Keep an eye on kids
Keep your kids away from the fireplace when a fire is burning. Consider installing a childproof fireplace gate. You can also use a spark guard to prevent embers from shooting out from the fireplace.

Put out the fire
Before leaving the house or going to bed, make sure you put out the fire first. Remember not to leave a fire unattended. You can also install smoke detectors on every floor of your house and inside your bedrooms for more security. Also, do not overload as too much heat generated by large fire can crack a fireplace's chimney. When disposing ashes from the fireplace, never empty ashes directly into the trash bin. Instead, allow them to cool down first before disposing.

Start right
Never burn trash or any sort to start the fire, neither should you use flammable liquids. Use seasoned hardwood so as not to accelerate creosote buildup in the chimney. Start right by building small fires that burn completely and only produce less smoke.

For more information about fireplace safety and for other home enhancement concerns, contact Custom Insulation.

Make your Home More Efficient and Stop Warm Air from Escaping Out the Chimney

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Homeowners spend millions each year caulking, replacing windows & doors, and weather stripping to make their home more energy efficient. But, one of the biggest culprits of energy loss is the chimney.

When you have a fire in your fireplace, the chimney works great. It acts as a funnel and takes smoke and dangerous gasses away.

But, your chimneys work even when there is no fire. This is the easiest escape route for the warm air in your home. You can tell that air is escaping through your chimney if your chimney has cold air in it or if you feel powerful drafts from very small gaps in your windows or doors.

Cold air can't get in unless it is going out at the same speed.

How do you stop this?

  1. Install a wood burning or pellet stove or fireplace insert. By installing a wood or pellet stove or insert you not only cut down on your energy bill by stopping the warm air from going up the chimney, but you also cut down on your energy bill in using  the new stove. Wood and pellet heat is a far more economical way to heat your home than oil, electricity or gas.
  2. Insulate your chimney. By insulating your chimney you eliminate drafts. Stop the warm air from escaping the hole in your roof, and stop the cold air from coming in through other avenues when the air is no longer leaving your home. Boarding up your chimney makes your fireplace and eye sore, insulating your chimney is easy and efficient, and you fireplace still can look beautiful.
Contact Custom Insulation to see how we can help you make your home more efficient by stopping the warm air that leaves through your chimney.

Alternative Home Heating With Fireplace Inserts and Stoves

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Alternative heat is a great option for your home. Either supplementing the existing heating system or entirely heating your home with a wood or pellet burning stove, fireplace or insert can enable you to really cut down on your utility bills.

There's a reason why a large number of Massachusetts homeowners are wood stove loyalists. Wood stoves are timeless in their appeal, they provide efficient heating and they have a unique style.

The selection of Lennox Wood burning stoves from Custom Insulation offer distinctive sizes and designs that combine superior craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology.

Regardless of your décor or your heating needs there is a Lennox fireplace that will fit your home perfectly. From gas- and wood-burning to pellet fireplaces, you have many choices.

If your home has an existing masonry or metal fireplace, there are easy and attractive ways to spark new life into it. Pellet burning fireplace inserts fit into almost any traditional fireplace opening to instantly transform your room into a warm and entertaining space.

We are insulation specialists. We can ensure, when we install your stove, insert or fireplace that your chimney is draft free, and that you won’t be losing valuable heat through the chimney. Who better to install your new stove, fireplace or insert than Custom Insulation Co?

It is Never Too Early to Think About Cutting Your Heating Bill in Massachusetts

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

We know, it’s July. But it is never too late to start thinking about how you are heating your home this coming winter. If you were one of the many in Massachusetts that got hit with larger than expected heating bills last winter, you should think about an alternative heating option for your home.

Regardless of your décor or your heating needs there is a Lennox fireplace that will fit your home perfectly. With gas- and wood-burning fireplaces, you have a long list of choices. One of our favorites is the Montebello.  This fireplace combines the elegance of a clean-face design with grand proportions and dramatic fires and puts out up to 60,000 BTUs.

There's a reason why a large number of homeowners are stove loyalists – they are timeless in their appeal and provide efficient heating and a unique style. The large selection of Lennox stoves offer distinctive sizes and designs that combine superior craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology.

Contact Custom Insulation today to find out more about cutting your heating bills this winter.

Improving Home Efficiency is Most Important to Homeowners

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Homeowners concerned about high energy bills have put energy conservation home improvements at the top of their must-do list this year. They are looking for green living upgrades that save money without sacrificing space or style.

Because heating costs are typically one of the highest and most variable home expenses, homeowners are considering energy-efficient zone heating options when embarking on home renovation projects.

Overall we have seen an increase in fireplace makeovers in the last few years. Finding and eliminating wasteful drafts and more efficient heating solutions has lead homeowners to install efficient pellet stoves and wood burning inserts that transform inefficient open fireplaces into high performing heating zones.

Wood burning fireplace inserts and pellet stoves are excellent zone heating options for those in the process of building or renovating a new home and who are looking to outfit their homes with advanced heating technology.

Buying an insert or stove is much like buying furniture, you will find a wide-choice of models that match every lifestyle and design. While evaluating the right size, heating capacity and look of your future stove or insert, also consider these three eco-wise tips:

  1. Only evaluate pellet stoves that meet or exceed EPA standards and are currently tax credit qualified.
  2. Look for an eco-friendly seal and a recycled ingredients label that lists the many ways that a manufacturer has gone the extra mile to produce the highest quality and most energy efficient wood stove, possible.
Today is a great time to invest in a wood stove so you can actually keep some green cash in your pocket. The Federal Bio-Mass Tax Credit extension provides a 10 percent tax credit up to $300 for the purchase of a new biomass heating appliance in 2011. This tax credit helps homeowners save on energy costs by utilizing renewable biomass fuels such as wood and wood pellets.

Original article on PR News Wire

Warm Your Home This Winter with Our Lennox Fireplaces

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Many winter fantasies revolve around a crackling fireplace. Perhaps you're sipping hot chocolate with the kids and talking about snowflakes. Maybe you're even roasting marshmallows. Or, maybe you're cuddled with your honey by the light of the glowing embers. It's a beautiful scene, isn't it? Make the fantasy a reality with our top quality Lennox Fireplaces. We have  couple different types of fireplaces to keep you warm through this winter season, but we'd like to briefly talk about our Montebello gas fireplace .

Gas fireplaces
replicate the look and feel of wood fireplaces only there requires no wood logs to chop or purchase. These fireplaces are easy to operate, as they are activated by a wall switch or remote control. Gas fireplaces produce cleaner flames, leading to less air pollution. Gas fireplaces also have stunning looks that are located in an optimum manner to maximize the comfort they deliver. The designs are minimalistic and sleek, so these fireplaces do not take up much place by themselves.

Today's gas fireplaces have the look of traditional fireplaces. Fireplaces are available in a wide variety of styles, including traditional masonry and more contemporary looks. The Montebello has a clean-face design that is smooth and elegant, reminiscent of a classic masonry fireplace. The instant convenience of Lennox gas technology gives you total control of your fireplace and its heat output. Plus, the Montebello is available in two sizes with an array of premium accessories to give you the freedom to create the fireplace that fits your style and your home. Contact us today to learn more about our fireplaces. Also be sure to check out our insulation methods to keep your home warm during the winter and cool during the summer!




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