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Chimneys are a central feature of any fireplace. To keep the fireplace working and ensure the safety of everyone in the house, make sure there’s proper venting for the fireplace.
This blog post will explain why chimney venting is so important.
Chimneys require additional ventilation. Without proper ventilation, flues can potentially fill with dangerous gases and create a health hazard for those living in the house.
Here are a few reasons why chimney venting is important.
Exhaust gasses that are released from your fireplace can contain a number of hazardous byproducts, such as carbon monoxide (CO). CO is odorless and colorless, which makes it difficult to detect.
Without a properly working chimney system, CO, along with other gases, can accumulate in the house and affect you and your family’s health. Symptoms of CO exposure include headaches, nausea, confusion and disorientation. Inhaling CO in high amounts can also be fatal.
In order to avoid combustion issues, a fireplace must supply warm air evenly across the living space. However, there must be sufficient airflow through the fireplace and chimney system to ensure this. If there are ventilation issues, the warm air won’t be distributed evenly across the place.
Backdrafting can also occur if a chimney is not properly ventilated. It can cause significant damage to not only the chimney system, but also to the walls in its surroundings. When high pressure builds up inside the fireplace, smoke can leak out of any wall openings. This can further cause cracks in walls and pipes.
A properly working chimney system is critical to the safety of everyone in the house. A blocked or missing flue can be dangerous and possibly cause a fire. Every year, hundreds of homes are destroyed due to chimney fires, and in most cases, the major cause is poor ventilation.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (FEMA) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), it’s important to get your chimney ventilation inspected after every few months. If you smell any gas leakages or any signs of poor ventilation, turn off your fireplace right away and reach out to experts.
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