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Chimney safety tips

Ten safety tips for chimneys. (PDF 16KB)

Sitting near a blazing fire on a cold, wintery day, you probably don't realize that the fireplace is one of the most inefficient heat sources you can possibly use. It literally sends money right up the chimney in the form of volumes of warm air that your furnace heated. A fire in a fireplace can exhaust as much as 24,000 cubic feet of air per hour to the outside, and that air has to be replaced by cold air coming into the house from the outside. The heating system must then warm up this air, which is then exhausted through your chimney. If you use your conventional fireplace while your central heating system is on, these tips can help reduce energy losses.

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Learn more on our chimney page.