More Heat – Less Money
At The Chimney Guy, of course, we care about your chimney, and we also care about your home. This winter we wanted to help you save some dough. Here are some simple tips you can do to cut your heating bill this season. We’re here to help – call us with questions 860-651-0574.
Clean and Inspect your Chimney
Time and nature wreak havoc on our homes. Water gets absorbed into the porous brick, it freezes, melts, expands and contracts, causing the brick to crack. When your chimney is in good repair, it keeps the cold air out and the hot air in. Left unattended, the cracked bricks cost you money in heating and the chimney acts like a wick pulling unwanted water into your home. Make sure you get your chimney cleaned and inspected every year. Click Here To Book Online or call 860-651-0574 to schedule your appointment.
Prevent Fireplace Heat Loss
1. Shut your damper
2. Install a top damper – we can help
3. Purchase airtight doors from your favorite hearth store – we recommend FireplaceGalleryCT.com
Seal Electrical Boxes
Purchase a simple foam gasket for less than $1 from your local hardware store and place them behind your outlet plates.
Cover Your Firewood
When your firewood gets wet it makes lousy fires, it also creates more creosote – bad stuff, that gets into your chimney and makes it function less efficiently.
1. Make sure the flap at the end of your vent (outside) is installed, in good repair, and isn’t stuck open.
2. Check the caulking around the vent and replace if necessary.
3. Clean the vent. You can do it yourself, or call us, we’re happy to help
Seal Your Windows
Purchase a window insulation kit from your local hardware store for $10-20. It’s pretty easy and the directions are clear. You basically clean the edge of the window, put up some double sided tape, attach the plastic and use a hair dryer to get the wrinkles out. You can even go a step further and put bubble wrap in between for extra protection.
Fall / Winter Homeowners Checklist
Call 860-651-0574. If we don’t do it we can recommend who does.
- Set up snow removal plan
- Clean gutters
- Clean & inspect your chimney
- Fall clean-up
- Check smoke detectors
- Order firewood
- Reduce heating costs