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Why Use a CSIA Certified Chimney Technician

When it comes to caring for your fireplace and chimney system, choosing the right company and chimney sweep matters. By finding a reliable, trustworthy chimney sweep, you can have the peace of mind to enjoy your fireplace year round. When it comes to caring for your fireplace and chimney system, choosing the right company and chimney sweep matters. By finding a reliable chimney sweep you can trust, you can have the peace of mind to enjoy your fireplace year round – without worrying about its upkeep or condition.

Not all chimney sweeps are created equally; while it might seem like anyone with a set of brushes and a truck can clean out a chimney, training and certification matters. For homeowners looking to work with true fireplace professionals, it is important to find a chimney sweep certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America.

Are all Chimney Sweeps Certified?

Why Use a CSIA Certified Chimney Technician - San Fransisco CA - Fireplace Safety ServicesFor many years the chimney industry was largely unregulated. Because of this, it was difficult to tell professional chimney sweeps apart from fly by night or seasonal workers. Unfortunately, many of these so-called chimney sweeps did little more than move soot and ash out of the flue and into your home, creating large messes without truly cleaning the fireplace.

For more than 30 years, the Chimney Safety Institute of America, or CSIA, has been certifying chimney sweeps. The rigorous education and testing process that sweeps go through in order to earn this designation has made the CSIA certifications the gold standard in the fireplace industry. Sweeps are tested on material such as:

– Current safety practices

– Fireplace and chimney building dynamics

– Building and fire codes

– Maintenance and installation of fireplace inserts and stoves

EPA regulations for heating appliances

The CSIA certification is not for life; to maintain their certifications, chimney sweeps must complete continuing education credits and retest every three years. This ensures that all CSIA certified chimney sweeps are up to date on the latest advancements and best practices in the industry.

Finding the Right Chimney Sweep

Before hiring a chimney sweep, it is important to ask questions to ensure you are working with a true professional. In addition to verifying their CSIA certification, the following questions can help homeowners find the right chimney sweep for their home.

– How long have you been in business in this area?

– Can you provide references from current customers?

– Does the company or individual chimney sweeps carry liability insurance?

– What is your company’s rating with the local Better Business Bureau?

– Are there any complaints filed against you with the Better Business Bureau?

– Will the chimney sweep who works on my chimney be CSIA certified?

By taking the time to find a certified chimney sweep and asking questions before they work on your chimney, homeowners can protect themselves against unskilled sweeps – and unscrupulous business practices. If you are in the San Francisco area, trust the chimney sweeps at Fireplace Safety Services to care for your fireplace and chimney needs. For more than 30 years, our team of CSIA and National Fireplace Institute certified chimney sweeps have worked to develop a reputation as reliable, trusted professionals. To schedule your next chimney sweeping or inspection, contact us today!

Add A New Wood Burning Or Gas Fireplace To Your Home This Holiday Season!

The holidays are the perfect time of year for friends and family to gather together at home to celebrate the season. Few things make a home as cozy or inviting than welcoming guests with a warm, roaring fire!
Whether your current fireplace burns wood when you prefer gas, is out of date, or requires repairs that prevent it from being used, now is the perfect time of year to consider installing a new fireplace insert! At Fireplace Safety Services, our expert staff can help you find the perfect fireplace to meet your family’s heating needs this holiday season – and all year long.

All about Inserts! Add A New Appliance This Holiday Image - San Francisco CA - Fireplace Safety

Fireplace inserts are one of the most versatile heating appliances available today. With a wide variety of sizes, styles, and fuel sources to choose from, it is easy to find the perfect insert for your family’s heating needs. Likewise, inserts can easily be installed into an existing hearth – or add a new fireplace somewhere else in your home.
Inserts provide homeowners unprecedented choice when it comes to choosing their new heating appliance. Wood, pellet, and gas inserts are all energy efficient choices; likewise, the variety of sizes and styles ensures that there is a fireplace insert for all heating needs – and interior design styles.

If you have an older masonry fireplace, a new insert can do more than just update your fireplace. According to the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association, installing a new fireplace insert into an existing, open-hearth masonry fireplace can reduce monthly energy bills by as much as 40%!

Benefits of Installing a New Fireplace Insert

There are a number of ways that installing a new fireplace insert can benefit your home. Whether it is replacing an existing fireplace or adding a new fireplace to your home, the following are three reasons why you should consider installing a new fireplace insert this holiday season.

1. Energy efficiency. Gas, pellet, and wood fireplace inserts are all extremely energy efficient. Inserts burn using closed-system combustion; this maximizes heat production by the fireplace as well as minimizes the amount of heat lost up the chimney. 2. Environmentally friendly. Fireplace inserts are subject to strict emission and environmental standards by the EPA. Inserts burning all fuel sources produce minimal smoke, particulate emissions, and other types of air pollution. This can make inserts, especially gas inserts, a good choice for families who have allergies, asthma, or other respiratory problems. 3. Choices for every family. Inserts are available with different fuels, sizes, and styles. Whether you want a wood burning fireplace to match your home’s rustic style or a sleek, contemporary gas fireplace, there is an insert to meet your family’s heating needs.

Many holiday memories are made spending time with friends and loved ones in front of a warm and welcoming fire. This year, there is still time install a new gas or wood burning fireplace before the holidays arrive! For more information about new fireplace installation, contact Fireplace Safety Services today!

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