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Be Sure to Test Your Carbon Monoxide Detector

The risk of fire is not the only danger when you use a fireplace and chimney system. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a serious risk because it is an odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas that causes life-threatening organ damage and illness. There are still over 200 people across the nation that die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by ventilation problems, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The number is much higher according to Carbon Monoxide Kills, an organization to raise awareness of CO deaths. The best way to not become a statistic is to take measures to avoid carbon monoxide intrusion altogether.

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High concentrations of carbon monoxide in your blood will result in death. A large leak can result in a rapid poisoning, but a slow leak can do it’s own damage. Exposure over a longer period can result in general illness, but can begin to shut down organs as exposure persists. A slow leak is quite dangerous, because it can go undetected, as the symptoms are the same as a common cold.

Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

You can avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by keeping your fireplace and chimney system properly maintained and by following proper guidelines. The best way to insure the system is working properly is to hire a professional to look it over. You should always have appliances and products professionally installed, but you should also have a professional service and assess the system. A CSIA certified chimney sweep can install your products and inspect the system from top to bottom and offer a full report on their findings and knows the safety regulations to follow in order to avoid problems in the future.

Despite your best efforts and that of your chimney sweep, problems can develop with your system and result in carbon monoxide intrusion. That’s why it’s best to invest in a carbon monoxide detector. You should purchase a detector from a local home improvement store and keep batteries in it at all times. This is most likely a requirement of your home owners insurance, but should definitely be a household rule.

uThe best time to install a carbon monoxide detector in your home is BEFORE you light your fireplace, furnace, or appliance for the first time. A CSIA certified sweep company puts the customer’s safety before anything else, and it’s not only fire safety. It’s our goal to keep your home safe from fire, particulate pollution, and hazardous gases. Part of this is testing your detector. You should test your carbon monoxide detector at least every six months. A simple way to remember would be to test it on the first of each month. It’s easy and may be the one thing that keeps your family from exposure.

Keep your family safe by purchasing products from a qualified retailer. The Cozy Flame offers the best products in the industry. Rated for the highest safety standard in the industry, we can match you with the fireplace of your dreams!

Contact The Cozy Flame today.

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Time to Start Thinking About an Outdoor Fireplace

With spring finally here, the temperatures outside have finally begun to warm up. However, even in the heat of the summer outdoor air temperatures can still be extremely chilly during the evenings. This year, get the most out of your outdoor spaces by warding off any chills with an outdoor fireplace. Below are three of the most popular reasons why you should start thinking about adding an outdoor fireplace to your home.

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1. Add value to your home

A beautiful custom fireplace can set your home apart from others in the neighborhood – while providing an excellent return on investment. As outdoor living spaces become increasingly popular, more and more home buyers are looking for features that make a home stand out; according to the American Society of Landscape Architects, prospective buyers rank an outdoor fireplace or fire pit as the third most appealing outdoor feature. The desirability of outdoor fireplaces – as well as the fact that they can last for years with regular maintenance – give homeowners extremely high returns on investment.

2. Expand your entertaining space

If you love to entertain, adding an outdoor fireplace to your home can greatly expand your potential entertaining space. Whether your yard is large or small, an outdoor fireplace can create a focal point for your outdoor living space; tables, chairs, benches, and other seating arrangements can be used to encourage guests to sit back, relax, and enjoy quiet conversations in front of a roaring fire. Outdoor fireplaces can also be about fun! Kids of all ages will enjoy roasting hot dogs, marshmallows, and other foods over an open flame, taking advantage of the most delicious parts of camping from the comfort of your backyard.

3. Ward off chills – even in summer

While few people think of using their fireplaces during the summer, outdoor temperatures are known for their sharp drops once the sun sets. Because of this, it often gets too cold to remain comfortably outside at night – even in the hot months of July and August. To get the most out of your outdoor spaces, an outdoor fireplace can help ward off the chilly night air while also providing light in the darkness. Outdoor fireplaces also allow you to enjoy your outdoor living spaces during the spring and fall, when temperatures are just a bit too chilly to comfortably stay outside without a heat source.

Adding an outdoor fireplace to your home not only adds value – it allows you to get the most out of your outdoor living spaces all year long. With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start thinking about an outdoor fireplace. Contact The Cozy Flame today for more information on improving your outdoor living spaces with fireplaces!

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What Type Of Fireplace Or Stove Is Right For You?

The right heating appliance can transform your house into a home. But with so many different models, styles, fuel choices, and sizes to choose from, finding the right fit for your family can be intimidating. The following questions can help guide you when trying to select a new fireplace or stove and find the heating appliance that is right for your family.

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  1. Where will the new heating appliance go? Where you want your new fireplace or stove can have an impact on the type of heating appliance you need. A variety of venting options give homeowners more choices than ever before; fireplaces can now be installed in kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, home offices, and even on patios to create outdoor living space.
  2.  Are you replacing an existing fireplace or stove? Replacing an existing heating appliance can minimize costs by allowing you to utilize the existing chimney or venting structure for your new appliance. Replacing an older unit can also help you find a more modern, energy efficient appliance or switch fuel sources.
  3. Are you building a new home? If you are building a new home or doing major remodeling, choosing a heating appliance early in the design process can allow it to be seamlessly incorporated into your home’s design.
  4.  Is it for looks or for heat? Fireplaces don’t have to be a heating appliance; they can be used for aesthetics and to add a homey touch to a living space. Some homeowners prefer lower heat output so the fireplace can be enjoyed all year round!
  5. How much of your home do you want to heat? If you want your new heating appliance to be used as a heat source, how much of your home does it need to heat? This along with the size, floorplan, and layout of your home can help a hearth expert find the right size fireplace or stove for your heating needs.

Why shop The Cozy Flame

Shopping for a new fireplace or stove can be overwhelming. While the number of makes, models, sizes, and styles available on the market today gives customers unprecedented choice, it can also make the processing of finding the right fit for your family difficult.

At The Cozy Flame, we have done the research to narrow down the best products from the best names in the industry. We stand behind all of the fireplaces and stoves that we sell and truly believe we carry the best of the best. Likewise, our showroom is full of the products we sell; this allows you to see firsthand different fireplaces and stoves at work instead of looking at pictures or reading their statistics off of a box. We are confident that our highly trained Comfort Consultants can help you find the right fireplace or stove to meet your family’s heating needs!

When it’s time to buy your next fireplace or stove, trust the staff at The Cozy Flame to help you find the best heating appliance for your family. Contact us or visit our showroom today and let our fireplace experts help find your new heating appliance!

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