Too hot to handle? Don’t get burned

Temperatures are dropping, and Minnesota residents are looking for ways to stay toasty and warm.  The experts at Practical Systems are heating and cooling specialists, and have a few words to the wise about the care and keeping of your fireplace.

Wood-burning fireplaces have a damper that’s designed to be shut when the fireplace isn’t being used. Sometimes we forget to close the damper when the fire is out leaving a big hole for hot or cold air to find its way to the great outdoors and escape from the house. Chances are that even if the damper is closed, the sealing may not be that effective. Install glass doors to improve air tightness.

The ashes from a wood-burning fireplace must be cold before the damper is shut. To do otherwise is to risk carbon monoxide poisoning. A smoldering fire, which may not be visible to the naked eye still produces combustion gases.

Fireplaces with gas logs must have the damper open at all times either because a pilot light is constantly burning under the logs or the homeowner might forget to open the damper when the fire is turned on. Gas log fireplaces produce lots of carbon monoxide and they must be safely vented.

Practical systems can help you easily convert your wood-burning fireplace to a gas fireplace by installing an insert. If you’re renovating and want to install a fireplace in a new location that may not have a built-in structure, you need a Direct Vent fireplace that doesn’t require an existing opening or chimney.

 Make sure that your fireplace isn’t too hot to handle. Count on Minnesota’s number one heating and cooling specialists at Practical Systems.  Check out the specials on our website at, call us for an estimate at (952) 933-1868, or complete the online registration form.

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