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Decrease Winter Energy Bills

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 13, 2012

Winter is approaching. If you are wondering how to get through this winter without heat loss, huge energy bills, all while staying warm, The Fireplace Showcase has a few ideas:


  • Have it inspected by a professional chimney inspector every year.
  • Have it cleaned every year or two, more if you have a lot of fires or tend to burn softer woods.
  • A chimney cap with a rain hood and screen will minimize rain damage and keep critters out.


  • Stock up on clean, dry firewood. A fireplace store can recommend someone to deliver and stack it for you. Store it away from your house to keep mice and other vermin at a distance.
  • If you only use your fireplace for ambiance, install glass fireplace doors on the fireplace to keep warm air from being drawn up the chimney.
  • If you use the fireplace frequently, for warmth and/or want to decrease your home heating bills, fireplace insert improve efficiency by blowing heat into the room and limiting heat loss up the chimney.

If you are interested in lowering your winter energy bills, contact The Fireplace Showcase.

Excerpts from Star Tribune

Get Your Chimney Ready For the Fall and Winter

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 23, 2012

You probably have not thought too much about your chimney this summer, and why should you. But as the fall approaches, you need to be sure that your chimney is safe to use in a month or so.

Not only can your fireplace and chimney can be a major source of cold air leaks in winter, it is the one of the most important parts of your fireplace too. Your chimney liner, flue and chimney cap need to be checked before winter.

Often in the spring and summer your chimney becomes home to animals or birds. You want to be sure those critters are no longer calling your chimney home before you light the fire. Also too, you need to be sure your damper is fully operational.

There is nothing worse than looking forward to a cozy warm fire, and instead suffering from a smoke filled home. This is the perfect time of year for a chimney sweep.

If it has been a long time since you had your fireplace chimney cleaned, contact The Fireplace Showcase.