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Why Have Glass Fireplace Doors?

Over the years you may find yourself updating your fireplace for various reasons. You might update your fireplace and chimney for cosmetic reasons, for repairs, or for better efficiency. Spring is filled with installations, upgrades, and inspections for Pristine Sweeps. In addition, we specialize in custom glass door installation and do it often!

Why Have Glass Fireplace Doors Image - Seattle WA - Pristine SweepsBenefits of Glass Doors

Modern factory-built, or pre-fabricated fireplaces and inserts are equipped with glass doors. There are many benefits of glass doors that have led to homeowners adding them to their existing masonry fireplaces. Pristine Sweeps offers this service so that our customers can benefit from glass doors even if they have an older fireplace.

  • Efficiency.
    Adding custom glass doors to a traditional masonry fireplace can increase efficiency substantially. The airtight seal can create a closed unit like that of an insert or stove. This creates high heat that radiates behind the glass, despite its seal. With the glass doors closed, you can also close the damper, keeping the heat from escaping out the chimney.
  • Style.
    Pristine Sweeps has access to the best products on the market, because we only offer the best for our customers. Glass doors can be styled in contemporary, traditional, sleek, ornate, and more. It’s a great option during a remodel or simple upgrade.
  • Downdraft Diversion.
    High winds can cause a downdraft that shoots into your chimney, pushing smoke and heat into your house. During the summer, you can waste energy trying to cool air as warm air is pushed inside through the chimney. Through winter, the downdraft can cause a smoky fireplace and make it difficult to light and keep a steady flame going. Glass doors can prevent downdraft problems while the fireplace is in use and when it’s not. Another option to avoid downdrafts is to have a wind deflector installed onto you chimney cap.
  • Safety.
    Glass doors can provide an added amount of safety when your fire is burning out and when children are visiting. Though radiant heat can still cause burns through touched glass, it can prevent a fall into a fire or hot coals.

Enjoy the Same Fire with Glass Doors

If you have an open, traditional fireplace, it can be drafty and unruly. If you’re looking for actual heat from your fireplace, and not merely ambiance, you can transform it by adding glass doors. The beautiful glass still allows you a full view of the flames, while allowing for radiant heat to warm the room, perfect for zone heating.

Pristine Sweeps has been in operation since 2008, and continues to put customer satisfaction and safety first. It’s because of this goal that we belong to the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG), attend the 5-day National Chimney Sweep Convention every year, and we are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA).

If you want the best for your family and your fireplace, you can benefit from glass doors and from Pristine Sweeps. Schedule an appointment today and your fireplace can be ready for the first fire this fall!

Does Your Dryer Vent Need Cleaning?

Many homeowners make one mistake. They assume that all they need to do to maintain their clothes dryer is to clean the lint trap frequently. Even if you empty the lint trap after every single cycle, it may not be enough. As long as there is air coming through the vent, it is also carrying microscopic pieces of lint that affects the dryer vent. Consequently, when that lint builds up in the ventilation system it can put your family at risk!

Does Your Dryer Vent Need Cleaning Image - Seattle WA - Pristine SweepsSigns of a Dirty Dryer Vent

  1. Is your dryer is unusually hot or heating up the room where it’s installed? If so, it isn’t venting properly. The dryer vent should carry that excess heat out of the house and release it outside.
  2. If your dryer releases moisture into your home, making it more humid and causing steam on the walls and windows near the appliance, it isn’t venting properly. The water vapors should be carried through the dryer vent to outdoors.
  3. Does it takes more than once cycle to dry a moderately sized load of laundry? The dryer vent is clogged. The average dryer should last ten years, according to manufacturers. So, there’s no reason for a dryer to become worn out when it’s less than three years old.
  4. If your dryer vent flap doesn’t open to let the air escape, there is most likely a clog in the vent.

When to Call a Professional

The best way to use and care for your clothes dryer is to start by calling a professional. When you have the appliance professionally installed, you insure it’s installed correctly. A professional will abide by manufacturers’s specifications and local codes. Most homeowners don’t know that the dryer vent should be no more than 4 inches in diameter, no more than 25 feet long, and each 90 degree angle adds 5 feet to the total length.

Other regulations and recommendations for dryer vents:

  • Dryer vents should be independent of other systems.
  • They should terminate OUTSIDE the home, not in crawlspaces, attics, or basements.
  • The outdoors termination hood should be equipped with a back-draft damper.
  • Metal transition ducts should be used between the dryer and exhaust duct.
  • Flexible dryer vent ducts should never be used in an attic, a crawl space, or inside a wall.

When a dryer vent isn’t installed correctly it is an invitation for clogs. A too-long vent or a hose with too many turns can mean more spaces for lint to build up, clogging the vent completely. This allows hot air to ignite the flammable materials inside!

The Only Nationally Recognized Credential for Dryer Vent Safety

Dryer vents have become so much of a fire hazard that the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) created the CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician, the only credential of its kind. At Pristine Sweeps our technicians are trained and experienced dryer exhaust technicians. Our first priority is the safety and comfort of our customers.

If you have any signs of a clogged or damaged dryer vent, you should find a C-DET professional right away. Call 206-574-8414 today, or make an appointment online.