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What you need to know about gas fireplace inserts

Gas Fireplace Inserts Image - San Francisco CA - London Chimney ServicesDid your wood-burning fireplace sit unused this winter because you didn’t want to deal with the work that goes into procuring the wood, hauling the wood and building a fire? You could get more use — and more heat — from your fireplace by installing a gas fireplace insert. You also could get lower home-heating bills and a more beautiful fireplace.

Use your fireplace with ease

For homeowners with an unused wood-burning fireplace, the biggest benefit of a gas fireplace insert is having an easy-to-use source of ambiance and heat. Your gas insert can be turned on and off with a switch or with a remote. Most gas fireplaces also allow you to control the height and heat output of a flame; they also can be wired to thermostats so you can use your gas insert to heat your home’s main living spaces to a precise temperature. The only regular maintenance your gas fireplace insert will require is an annual cleaning, inspection and tune up by a certified fireplace technician.

Get more heat from your fireplace

Convenience isn’t the only thing you’ll gain from a gas fireplace insert; you’ll also get more heat from your fireplace. While an open-hearth wood fireplace will only return about 10 percent of the fire’s heat to your home’s living spaces, a gas fireplace insert can return between 75 and 99 percent of the fire’s heat to your home.

Lower your home-heating bills

Installing a gas fireplace insert can save you money on your home heating bills, up to 25 percent, in fact. That’s because, along with their increased efficiency, a gas fireplace installed in a main living space in your home can allow you to focus your heating resources on the rooms you spend the most time in. If your gas insert is hooked to a thermostat, you can set the temperature in your living space to a comfortable temperature and turn the thermostat for the rest of the house down while you aren’t using those rooms. Additionally, gas fireplace inserts are closed systems. With a wood-burning fireplace, you lose heat from your home up the chimney when the fireplace isn’t in use, and cold drafts can be forced down the chimney on windy days.

Improve the look of your fireplace

If your fireplace has started to look dated or has begun to show wear, a gas fireplace insert could give your hearth a facelift. Gas fireplace inserts are a great way to instantly improve the look of your hearth, and with styles that range from traditional — closely mimicking the look of wood-burning fireplaces — to contemporary, you are sure to find a gas fireplace insert that fits your style.

If you are ready to make your fireplace more usable, more efficient and more attractive by upgrading your hearth with a gas fireplace insert, stop by the London Chimney Services showroom to see some of the beautiful gas inserts we offer and have your questions answered by our experts.

By Mark Rizzo on April 12th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Serving San Francisco for 40 Years!

This is a momentous year for London Chimney Services. We are celebrating our 40-year anniversary! That’s right, London Chimney Services has been serving the greater San Francisco area with the finest chimney maintenance, repair and installation for 40 years. Here is a look at some of the services we are proud to provide:

Serving San Francisco for 40 Years Image - San Francisco CA - London Chimney ServiceChimney sweeping and inspection.

For 10 years, London Chimney Services have been working to keep San Francisco area homes safe with chimney sweepings and inspections. Nothing can threaten your home like a dirty chimney, or a chimney that has fall into disrepair. London Chimney Services is certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) to perform chimney cleanings and chimney inspections. These include annual inspections, retail inspections and the types of inspections needed after your chimney endures damage from a fire or natural disaster.

Fireplace sales and installations.

If you would like to upgrade your home with a new fireplace, London Chimney Services can help! We sell the finest fireplaces, heating stoves and fireplace inserts. Our fireplace experts can help you pick the fireplace or stove to fit your heating needs, style, and budget. Once you’ve settled on the right fireplace, we will get it installed the right way.

Fireplace and chimney repairs.

At London Chimney Services, we don’t just clean and inspect fireplace and chimneys. We repair them, too! We can handle any size repair. Whether its replacing a chimney cap to relining a damaged flue or rebuilding the entire firebox or chimney structure. We can even help you diagnose and troubleshoot problems, such as slow chimney leaks or a smoking fireplace.

Fireplace restoration.

A fireplace serves as a focal point for your home. However, if you have an outdated fireplace, it can serve as an eyesore. Not only that, but outdated fireplaces tend to be less efficient. They can also pose a fire hazard! London Chimney Services can help you reclaim your outdated hearth with a fireplace restoration. We can outfit your hearth with a beautiful, efficient, and safe fireplace. One that fits your style and adds value to your home.

Chimney construction.

Chimney construction is a science. Too many contractors have only basic knowledge of chimney construction, and they will build chimneys with the wrong materials or in the wrong size. When you trust London Chimney Services to build your chimney, you know you will get an attractive, sturdy, and properly constructed chimney. A chimney that will serve your fireplace for decades to come.

Dryer vent cleaning.

Just like your chimney, your clothing dryer vents need to be swept and inspected regularly. This is to to keep your home safe from the risk of a chimney fire. London Chimney Services can help! We can use our high-powered brushes to clear lint from your dryer ducts to keep your dryer operating safely and efficiently.

Trust in us.

At London Chimney Services, we are proud to be celebrating 40 years of service in San Francisco! In addition, we are grateful for the opportunity to continue to provide the best chimney services to Bay Area residents.

By Mark Rizzo on March 28th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment