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Is Fireplace Installation Safe for My Home?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

When is the last time you turned on your fireplace? In some homes, turning on an older fireplace is too much of a risk, especially if a technician or inspector has already deemed their fireplace a potential safety hazard. This is one of the reason homeowners seek out new fireplace installation. Or, perhaps they crave a new style of fireplace or need it to run on a different type of fuel source. A fireplace may also be installed in a new home or one without a fireplace present.

Whatever the reason for new fireplace installation, we often hear the same question: is fireplace installation safe? At Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning, we can make sure your new fireplace installation goes smoothly when you schedule service with someone on our team of qualified experts.

Generally speaking, fireplace installation is just as safe—or unsafe—as any other heating installation. Any heating system that runs on natural gas comes along with an additional risk. But this risk is significantly lower if you call professionals for installation. Heating technicians who have experience installing gas fireplaces make sure to follow every possible safety precaution, inspecting your new fireplace carefully to make sure that everything is working correctly and that the chance of a gas leak is low.

A quality technician can give you tips and answer questions about the safest way to operate your new heating system. And when you continue to call the technician for annual inspections and maintenance, you can feel confident that your fireplace is operating in the safest manner possible.

If gas leaks are your main concern, you might consider alternative fuel sources. Wood-burning stoves add vintage charm to any home, although those with small children in the home may worry about having this type of fireplace as well. In this case, you might consider an electric fireplace. While it may cost a little more to operate, the safety benefits cannot be beat.

Call the experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning for HVAC services in Farmington. We have technicians on staff trained specifically in fireplace installation, so you can make sure that your home is in good hands. Call us today!

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What Is a Wood-Burning Pellet Stove?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

There are many options for supplementing your home’s heat during the winter. Some choices are fireplace inserts, wood stoves and pellet stoves. Pellet stoves have been around for a while, but over the last decade have become a great option for homeowners looking to save on heating costs. Pellet stoves operate differently from gas inserts or wood-burning stoves, as we’ll explain below, and they have a number of benefits that are worth considering. If you are looking to make better use of your fireplace in Plainville, it may be time to consider the installation of a pellet stove.

How Does a Pellet Stove Heat?

Pellet stoves heat via convection, which is the way heat moves through gases, including air. Pellets stoves heat this way because they blow the hot air generated in the stove into your living space. Pellet stoves require a small amount of electricity to operate. The heating cycle begins when the auger, a large, turning screw, feeds a small amount of pellets into the burn pot while the combustion fan draws air into the stove to help with ignition. A small, hot electrical igniter warms the bottom of the pot until the pellets light. The auger continues to feed the pellets into the burn pot until the flame reaches the correct temperature, as assessed by a small sensor that is attached to the rim of the burn pot. The heat exchanger inside the stove warms from the combustion from the burn pot, and once the correct temperature is reached, the stove’s fan blows the warm air into your home as the toxic combustion fumes are exhausted from the system through your chimney.

Some Benefits of a Pellet Stove

Here are some of the benefits a pellet stove can offer you:

  • Low ash – pellet stoves have a very low ash content, making them very easy to clean.
  • Outside stays cool – unlike the outside of a wood stove, the outside of a pellet stove (except the glass) stays cool to the touch. This is because the shell of pellets stoves are fully insulated.
  • No smoke – pellet stoves do not produce smoke, so there’s no need to worry about smoky rooms.

If a pellet stove sounds like a good option for your home, call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment! We offer professional fireplace installation in the Plainville area.

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If You Don’t Want a Wood-Burning Fireplace, Consider These Options

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Wood-burning fireplaces can bring a great amount of joy to a house. However, these traditional fireplaces require extensive cleaning and maintenance, and many homeowners would prefer not to deal with storing wood and carting it to the hearth. Fortunately, the wood-burning fireplace is not the only type available. If you would like a fireplace in West Hartford, CT to give your house cozy comfort during the winter, you have a number of excellent options aside from a standard wood-burning fireplace.

Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning offers professional fireplace installation, replacement, repair, and maintenance as part of our comprehensive heating services. Call our fireplace specialists today to find out more about the choices you have for fireplaces. We will use our expertise to locate the right type to enliven, beautify, and warm your household.

Gas Log Fireplace

If you have a natural gas line entering your home that you use to power the stove, oven, and/or heating system, installing a gas log fireplace is an excellent choice as a wood-burning alternative. Gas log fireplaces turn on with the flick of a switch, and their design and the appearance of the permanent logs on the hearth creates a look similar to that of a wood-burning fireplace—just without consuming wood or creating ash and creosote. Because gas is a less expensive fuel than electricity, gas logs are very cost-effective to run.

Electric Fireplace

For the most convenient, easy-to-use, and safe option for a fireplace, an electric model is a good way to go. Proper installation can make an electric fireplace look attractive, it attaches directly into your power supply, and it doesn’t require any venting of fumes.

Pellet Burning Stove

These freestanding stoves are superb choices if you do not have a masonry chimney or room for a standard fireplace. Freestanding stoves vent through a pipe that goes into the nearest wall and then out through a chimney flue. These stoves do not burn wood, but instead burn high-efficiency compressed pellets that are easier to store and use than wood-burning fireplaces. (If you do want a wood-burning fireplace, but don’t have a masonry chimney or sufficient space, there are also free-standing wood-burning stoves available.)

Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning specializes in excellent services for fireplaces. No matter what sort of fireplace you are looking for to add warmth and a pleasant atmosphere to your home, our fireplace experts can help you find the best model and install it. Call us today in West Hartford, CT for fireplace services.

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Why You Need Routine Fireplace Maintenance

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Your fireplace can help keep your home warm during the winter, but if not properly maintained, can also cause some serious problems: according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireplaces are the cause of more than 25,000 house fires every year. One of the best ways to keep your fireplace in Newington, CT operating safely is with routine maintenance performed by trained professionals, like the ones at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning.

Maintenance by Type of Fireplace

Fireplaces can burn wood, gas and even be electrical. As such, maintenance for each type is a little different:

Wood-Burning Fireplaces

  • Annual inspection of fireplace and chimney to check for possible obstructions and creosote build-up
  • Check of chimney cap
  • Professional chimney cleaning (also known as chimney sweeping)

Gas Fireplaces

  • Inspection of fireplace and chimney
  • Make sure fan and air passages are clean
  • Check vents
  • Check millivolt output
  • Make sure any decorative logs are clean and free of debris

If any of these components need cleaning or adjusting, it should be scheduled and completed before operating the fireplace.

Electric Fireplaces

  • Check to make sure air inlets aren’t blocked
  • Check thermostat
  • Check to make sure unit is clean

NOTE: unit should always be unplugged while performing maintenance.

Safety Measures You Can Take

There are a few safety measures you can take, too:

  • Keep a fire extinguisher available at all times
  • Keep all flammable items away from the hearth
  • Use a screen for gas and wood-burning fireplaces
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home

The cold weather may seem like it’s far away, but fall is just around the corner. If your fireplace in Newington, CT is part of your fall and winter heating, now is a great time to call for fireplace maintenance service. Let our professionally-trained technicians help you get your fireplace in shape in time for the cold weather – call Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning today!

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Fireplace Options for Heating

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

In Hartford, people use a variety of different heating systems, from forced-air furnaces to geothermal systems that tap into the heat of the earth itself. But for all the heating options we have, sometimes the old-fashioned ways are still the best. A fireplace provides romantic atmosphere and inexpensive heat, as well as making an excellent gathering place for your family on a cold winter’s night.  You may not think a traditional fireplace is possible, especially if your home can’t support a large chimney. Luckily, there are alternate fireplace options for heating in Hartford, CT.

One of the best is a wood-burning stove, which actually provides a more efficient heating option than classic fireplaces. Wood-burning stoves are self-contained, which keeps the heat focused, and with the exception of a small, easily installed venting chimney, they don’t need a lot of significant alterations to your home. Some types of stove burn pellets instead of wood, with an eye on more efficient heating. But the romanticism one associates with fireplaces remains fully intact, and can provide a reliable source of comfort as well as inexpensive heating.

If wood-burning stoves don’t work, you can also consider an electric or gas fireplace. Both require minimal adjustment to your house, and while they also require a gas line or electrical connection to provide energy, they’re still strong alternatives to more traditional fireplace models.

The bad news is that not every home can utilize every fireplace option. The good news is that a trained service technician can inspect the unique contours of your home, and provide a recommendation based on your needs and wishes. If you’re looking for a fireplace, then the experts at Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We’ll sit down and discuss your options with you before performing an installation with professionalism and care. Give us a call today to make an appointment. You’ll be glad that you did!

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Keeping Your Fireplace Safe

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

You probably associate the fireplace in your Hartford, CT home with feelings of family and glowing warmth. A fireplace can be all that—as long as you take the necessary steps to keep it safe. Fireplaces are no more dangerous than any other heating systems, but they require the same amount of care as those systems do to make certain they operate safely.

The most important way to keep your fireplace safe is to keep it clean. There’s a myth about fireplace cleanliness that travels around too widely: “You only need to get your fireplace cleaned about every four or five years.” This isn’t true; you should schedule fireplace cleaning and maintenance once a year, usually before winter arrives and you start using it more. Don’t take our word for it: this is the recommendation of the National Fire Protection Association Standard.

Here are some fireplace dangers and how to avoid them. Call on the fireplace experts at Dynamic Mechanical for help keeping your hearth as safe as possible.

Creosote fire hazards

Creosote is unburned wood energy that shows up as a shiny black residue on the bricks of your hearth and chimney. Creosote is highly combustible, so even a small fire can cause it to suddenly burst into flames and spread fire to places outside of your fireplace, such as the upper floors or the roof. It requires professional cleaning to scrub away creosote and make your fireplace safe again.

Smoke dangers

You already know that you need to keep the flue in your fireplace open when you have a fire going. Keep in mind that other blockages can occur in your chimney that will send smoke billowing into your living spaces, such as an animal nest or a build-up of soot and debris. Cleaning will get rid of the soot, while a cap over the top of the chimney will keep out animals and outside blockages. A chimney cap will also help prevent water damage.

There are other basic precautions you can take to keep you and your family safe: don’t leave fires burning unattended; make sure to keep only non-flammable rugs and other decorations near the hearth; and don’t let a fire burn longer than five hours at a time.

Whether you have a wood pellet stove, gas-logs, or a traditional wood fireplace, you need to make sure it receives annual maintenance and cleaning. Aside from keeping your fireplace safe, this will also help it burn fuel efficiently. If you notice anything wrong with your fireplace, such as excessive creosote layers, don’t wait for the annual inspection: call for repairs right away before you use the fireplace again. Dynamic Mechanical is here to give you the care you need for your Hartford, CT fireplace.

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