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A PSA from a Leading Fireplace Store in Kansas City

A PSA from a Leading Fireplace Store in Kansas City

Winter’s Coming. Prep Your Fireplace Now.

Considering it is July in Kansas City and sweltering outside, here’s something to look forward to. Winter is just around the corner, so it’s time to get your fireplace and chimney in top shape for cozy evenings by the fire.

Who better to give advice on getting your fireplace ready than the fireplace store in Kansas City that has installed or serviced more fireplaces across the metro than anyone else? Whether you have a classic wood-burning fireplace, a convenient gas fireplace or a modern electric fireplace, here’s what you need to know to ensure they’re ready for the chilly season ahead.

For Wood-Burning Fireplaces

Let’s start with the classic wood-burning fireplace, a timeless style found in many Kansas City neighborhood homes. Follow these steps to ensure your wood-burning fireplace is ready to provide warmth and ambiance:

  1. Chimney Prep:
    • Install a chimney cap or screen to protect against rain, snow, debris, and downdrafts. These coverings also prevent moisture buildup that could damage various chimney components.
    • Check the condition of your chase cover to avoid water pooling and maintain optimal chimney efficiency.
    • Address any unpleasant odors caused by creosote buildup, as they can indicate the need for cleaning.
  1. Fireplace Inspection:
    • Regularly clean open masonry fireplaces to remove soot buildup. The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends cleaning when soot reaches approximately 1/8″. Be attentive to glaze buildup as well.

For Gas Fireplaces

Now, let’s turn to gas fireplaces. Follow these steps to ensure your gas fireplace is in top shape for the winter season:

  1. Blower Check:
    • If your gas fireplace has a blower, inspect it for dust buildup. Accumulated dust can lower its efficiency and cause premature motor failure.
  1. Glass:
    • Gas fireplace glass can reach high temperatures. To prevent accidental burns, consider installing protective heat-resistant barriers, especially if you have young children, elderly individuals, or pets at home.
  1. Batteries:
    • Check the batteries in your remote control, transmitters or receivers, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide sensors. Ensuring these components have fresh batteries keeps everything running smoothly.
  1. Service:
    • Gas fireplaces have non-user serviceable components, so it’s recommended to have a qualified technician service them every 1-2 years. This includes cleaning the pilot and main burner airways.

For Electric Fireplaces

Electric fireplaces are loved because of their hassle-free maintenance and safety. Yet, they still require upkeep.  Consider these tips, depending on the type of electric fireplace you have:

  • Freestanding Electric Fireplaces
    • Clear any electrical hazards around the unit, such as water sources and crowded outlets.
    • Ensure the outlet used can handle the electrical load demanded by the fireplace.
    • Regularly change the lightbulb to maximize efficiency.
  • Wall-Mounted Electric Fireplaces:
    • Keep the filters and vents free from dust buildup.
    • Ensure the vents are not obstructed by household items.
    • Use a lint-free cloth to clean the display and prevent scratches.
  • Built-In Electric Fireplaces:
    • Before any maintenance, isolate the power supply to the fireplace in the fuse box.
    • Wipe the interior with a damp lint-free cloth, following the manufacturer’s guidelines.
    • Check the inlet and outlet for clogs or obstructions to prevent overheating or malfunctions.

Call in the Professionals from Complete Home Concepts in Kansas City

Rather than prep their fireplaces for winter themselves, many homeowners enjoy the peace of mind that comes with scheduling a chimney professional from Complete Home Concepts to inspect and clean their fireplace and chimney annually.

Prefer to Skip the Winter Prep and Upgrade to a Fireplace Insert or Fireplace with Stone?

If so, it’s time to go shopping at the top fireplace store in Kansas City. There are plenty of options available to suit your style and budget.

Fireplace Inserts Transform Outdated Fireplaces

Fireplace inserts are fantastic options for enhancing both the efficiency and aesthetics of your existing fireplace. They’re designed to fit directly into your current hearth, making them an easy and convenient upgrade. With a wide variety of styles and fuel options available, you’ll find the perfect fit for your home. And, like traditional fireplaces, fireplace inserts are available in a variety of styles, sizes and metals.

Gas Fireplace Inserts

With the flip of a switch you’re ready for your cup of tea and crossword. Gas fireplace inserts are made for instant comfort with a familiar fireplace glow.

Wood Fireplace Inserts

The closest you can get to a traditional wood-burning fireplace without the muss and fuss. Efficiency and a cleaner burn make a wood-burning insert a smart compromise when you want to retain the look and sound of burning wood.

Pellet Fireplace Inserts

Less demanding than a wood burning fireplace insert, a pellet fireplace insert is environmentally friendly, using pellets often fashioned from wood by-products that can be conveniently purchased. Keep the feel of a traditional wood-burning fireplace without the hassle of collecting and storing firewood.

When choosing the right fireplace insert for your Kansas City home, consider factors such as fuel type, efficiency, style, and maintenance requirements. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the experts at Complete Home Concepts to guide you through the options and help you find the perfect match.

Update Your Room’s Look with a Fireplace with Stone

A fireplace with stone creates a stunning focal point in any room. Stone adds a touch of contemporary elegance or rustic charm to your space.

Select from a Huge Selection of Sizes, Shapes and Colors

Complete Home Concepts’ stone veneer selection is second to none in the Kansas City area. Installation performed by a master stonemason only seals the deal. Pick a style and color from the Model Stone, Semco or Coronado collections.

Complete Home Concepts has more than 40 years of experience in design and installation. Come by our showroom to see and feel options for your fireplace with stone.