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Preventing Carbon Monoxide In Your Home

There are a lot of things to worry about as a homeowner… that’s why we are here to help you stay educated on the important topics! We want to make it easy to keep your home protected and safer to live in all year long, which is why we’d like to focus on carbon monoxide and how to avoid exposure to it. Learn more about this hazardous gas below, then review our tips for properly avoiding it.

What Is Carbon Monoxide?

Preventing Carbon Monoxide in Your Home - Littleton, CO - Mountain Man Fireplace and ChimneyCarbon monoxide is known for it’s undetectable nature and harmful medical side effects. It has no color and no odor, which makes it nearly impossible to notice within your home. This is a major reason why this particular gas is so scary! Unfortunately, it can cause some serious illnesses to occur and could even be fatal if not addressed right away. Take all of the necessary precautions to ensure your home stays carbon monoxide free, no matter what.

How Can I Avoid It?

Luckily, there are things you can do to ensure your loved ones don’t become victims of carbon monoxide poisoning. First off, have carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout the residence. This a surefire way to know whether or not carbon monoxide has found its way into your home. Be sure to regularly test these devices and change the batteries twice a year to ensure they are always working properly.

Next, have a certified technician inspect your appliances at least once per year. This is the best way to prevent bigger issues from occurring down the line, and these professionals can let you know of any potential leaks or airflow issues that could bring about exposure to harmful toxins.

And remember… never light camp stoves, grills, or similar items inside of your home, and never use a fireplace or stove that isn’t hooked up to a proper ventilation system. Always have a professional install any new appliance in your home to ensure no potentially harmful problems occur. Also, never let your vehicle run while parked in your garage, as these fumes can lead to serious illness or death.

We Can Help You Out

Whether you need help with inspections, installations, repairs, or other regular maintenance, the CSIA certified staff at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney is here to help you out. Call us today, so that we can make your home safer for years to come!

If you are aware of carbon monoxide in your home, exit the premises at once and call 911. Proper authorities can then address the issue, while you and loved ones are safely away from danger. If you suspect anyone has symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, such as fatigue, dizziness, nausea, or lightheadedness, let medical personnel know right away.

By Jake Johnson on October 17th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Why Summer Is Ideal For Chimney Services

Have you considered scheduling your chimney repairs, cleanings, etc. now instead of waiting until fall? We think that you should! Many homeowners put chimney care out of their minds until things cool down again, and this doesn’t always end up working in their favor. We are here to encourage you to give us a call right away, and get this maintenance done sooner rather than later.

Giving Yourself Peace Of MindWhy Summer is Ideal for Chimney Services Image - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Chimney

One of the biggest benefits to summertime chimney service is the peace of mind you gain knowing everything is good to go when temperatures drop. This is something you can easily cross off of your to-do list early, so that you have less to think about during fall and winter. With kids back in school and the holidays fast approaching, it’s best to get as much done as you can now.

But homeowners aren’t the only busy ones… we get really swamped, too! Fall is our busiest season as everyone rushes to get their inspections and cleanings in before it gets too cold outside. By putting off these services, you add unnecessary stress to an already busy schedule, and you may struggle to find a time that works.

Getting Repairs Done

Another reason to schedule services now is so that we can inspect everything and get any repairs done in a timely manner. We struggle more and more to get repairs done in the fall and winter because our books are already so full. We do our best to get everyone in, but it may not happen as soon as you’d like. Schedule now, so we are sure to get you set up right for the cold months ahead!

Not only will we be able to get these repairs done more quickly, but they will be done in an ideal temperature range for the products we use. Sometimes, working in colder weather means the job simply cannot be done because lots of materials need the opportunity to cure. Let us get the job done now so that you get the lasting results you deserve.

Working On Your Time

When hiring service workers, there are always times of day that are more ideal for the customer. We love being able to come at the time that works best for you! That’s why summer services are always a better option. Putting it off will likely force you to maneuver around already scheduled appointments, thus inconveniencing your entire afternoon.

Help Us Stay Safe

To top it all off, summertime repairs are better because our crew can work in ideal conditions. Trying to get a job done on a slippery and icy roof can often lead to injury, and we want to keep our employees as healthy as possible, so that we can best serve you! Help us out by getting these tough jobs done now.

Call Us Anytime!

You can give us a call anytime during our regular business hours to set up an appointment, or feel free to fill out our online form, and we will get back to you soon! Thanks for choosing us!

By Jake Johnson on July 5th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

EPA Versus Non-EPA Fireplaces and Stoves

Not sure the difference between EPA vs Non-EPA stoves? Read on to learn more or call Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney!

Not sure the difference between EPA vs Non-EPA stoves? Read on to learn more or call Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney!

During the cold months of winter, most homeowners consider their fireplaces and stoves to be a necessity. However, telling the difference between a “good” or “bad” heating appliance can sometimes be difficult.

Many homeowners base their decision on whether or not to purchase a stove or fireplace based on its EPA rating. Others may purchase a home with an older heating appliance only to discover that it is not EPA certified.

While EPA certifications are an excellent way to evaluate the energy efficiency of a new appliance, there are also many units that do not have these ratings yet still work well. In this post we will discuss the difference between EPA and non-EPA certified fireplaces and stoves.

What are EPA certifications?

The EPA, or Environmental Protection Agency, created regulatory emission requirements for heating appliances such as stoves, fireplaces, and inserts. These requirements were developed in order to help minimize air pollution.

What is the difference between an EPA certified and an EPA qualified appliance?

Currently, only wood and pellet stoves can receive EPA certifications. To make this certification, this must meet strict regulatory emissions standards.

Fireplaces and outdoor boilers, also called hydronic heaters, cannot be EPA certified because their emissions cannot be as closely regulated by the EPA. However, many of these appliances can be EPA qualified. To earn the EPA qualification, manufacturers can voluntarily meet emissions standards set by the EPA. While this does not make them certified, units with this qualification do burn cleaner and more efficiently than those without it.

How can I tell if my appliance is EPA certified?

Wood burning stoves that are EPA certified should have a tag or label located on the back of the stove. If you cannot find a tag, the current list of EPA certified wood heaters can be found here. Homeowners should also look for labels for safety certification groups such as Underwriters Laboratories.

Finding the EPA qualification tag of an existing fireplace unit may be difficult. Often, the labels for these appliances can only be viewed before they are installed. If you have questions about the qualification of your unit, the list of EPA qualified fireplaces can be found here. If you are purchasing a new fireplace, look for the tag that labels the appliance as Phase Two Qualified.

Benefits of an EPA certified appliance

Many homes may have older appliances that do not meet current EPA standards. While these appliances might still function well, there are a number of benefits of upgrading to an appliance that meets modern EPA standards.

The main benefit of upgrading to an EPA certified or qualified appliance is in the improved efficiency. An older, non-certified wood stove may create as much as 30 grams of smoke per hour. Newer certified models, however, create as little as two grams of smoke per hour. Less smoke means that more of your fuel source is being burned, which translates to savings for you by purchasing less wood or pellets.

While you may love your old stove or fireplace, consider upgrading to a new EPA certified or qualified model. You will make your home safer and healthier by reducing smoke and emissions, as well as potentially save money by burning your fuel source more efficiently. If you’re ready to upgrade your heating appliance and live around Littleton, CO, contact the staff at Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney today. Our expert staff can help you find the stove or fireplace that is right for you!

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