Q: Our house was built around 1940; the fireplace is original; and we installed forced-air gas heating about 10 years ago. We haven't had the fireplace or furnace inspected. What do you guys recommend to get the fireplace and the furnace ready for winter? A: Regular inspection and servicing of fireplaces and furnaces adds to comfort, makes them more economical, and most important, keeps them safe. Regular inspections can prevent a deadly house fire or the introduction of a silent killer: carbon monoxide. Here's our checklist to keep you cozy and safe during the winter months: Wood-burning fireplaces 1. Inspection by a certified chimney sweep is a must. For heavy use, the chimney should be inspected and cleaned annually. Go up to five years if the fireplace is used only occasiona...
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