Texas is more likely to have winter heat waves than severe winter weather. However, there are always enough cold nights to make you thankful for your home’s fireplace. Before you light it up, though, there are a few things you need to do first.
“As homeowners prepare their home for the cold temperatures, cleaning the chimney is among the long list of to dos and for good reason,” said Craig Gjelsten, vice president of operations at Rainbow International Restoration, which has offices across Texas.
He’s the person you call when your home sustains damage from fire or smoke, so he knows a few things about fireplaces. “A clean fireplace can not only keep you and your family safe, but also help you save energy,” he said.
How is that possible? “If you are using a traditional fireplace that burns wood,” Gjelsten explained, “you are not using electrical energy tied into the home, which can help reduce the monthly electric bill.”