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Fireplace and Chimney Cleaning
Winters in Houston, TX are usually mild compared to our neighbors to the north. However, many people use their fireplaces in the winter months to help heat their home. In order for your fireplace to work effectively and safely, chimneys should be inspected and cleaned, if needed, on a yearly basis.
Improper maintenance to the chimney can cause a number of problems which can lead to very expensive major repairs. One of the most common problems is a chimney fire that starts in the flue from a build up of creosote. These chimney fires generate extremely high temperatures that can cause the fire to spread to the rest of the house very quickly.
The Chimney Safety Institute recommends that if you use the fireplace three or more times a week during the heating season, you should have the chimney inspected and cleaned once a year. If you use it less than three times a week, you should at least have it inspected and cleaned if necessary. Some homeowners think that because they don’t use the fireplace very often during the winter that they shouldn’t have much creosote build up. However, the colder to flue, the greater the condensation, so creosote buildup is the greatest at the beginning of a fire, before the flue has fully heated up.
Air Conditioner Maintenance
There are two easy steps to take on a monthly basis to help your unit operate more efficiently. The first thing to check and make sure the condensing unit outside is not covered up or obstructed on the sides. The outside unit draws air into the system in order to have something to cool and circulate inside. Make sure nothing is stacked against your outside unit, and keep leaves and loose papers away.
The next step is to change the filters regularly. Dirty filters reduce the air flow which causes the unit to work harder, reducing efficiency and can cause the evaporator to ice up, or freeze over.