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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!

Make Sure to Have Your Dryer Vents Cleaned!

There are a number of ways fireplace owners protect their families from accidental house fires, from installing smoke alarms to having their fireplaces regularly swept and maintained. However, all homeowners – not just those who have fireplaces – should have their dryer vents regularly cleaned to prevent house fires.

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Clogged dryer vents cause fires

As our dryers dry our clothes, small amounts of fabric are shed. These fabric fibers are what create the lint that is found in the lint trap after each load. However, over time lint can also accumulate in the dryer ductwork and vents. If too much lint accumulates it can constrict the dryer’s airflow, causing the dryer to create hotter and hotter air to dry the clothes. This progressively hotter air can ignite the highly flammable lint, starting a dryer fire that may quickly spread throughout your home.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that there are thousands of house fires caused by dryers each year. These fires cause more than $200 million in damages along with numerous injuries and deaths. Fortunately, the risk of dryer fire can be greatly reduced with proper dryer vent maintenance.

Signs your dryer vents need to be cleaned

Many homeowners may not recognize the signs their dryers need to be cleaned. Luckily, there are a number of signs that may indicate it is time to get your dryer vents cleaned. Likewise, even if you are not experiencing any of these symptoms it is still recommended to have dryer vents cleaned at least once per year.

  • A single load of clothes takes more than a full cycle to dry
  • The drying time needed for a single load exceeds 45 minutes
  • The laundry room becomes significantly warmer when the dryer is in use
  • The lint trap is full or has larger than normal amounts of lint after a single load
  • The dryer or the clothes themselves have a noticeably musty odor
  • There is an excessive buildup of lint or debris around exterior vents

If you’ve noticed a decrease in your dryer’s performance, consider having the dryer vents cleaned before purchasing a new appliance. If the dryer vents are clogged, purchasing a new appliance will not solve the issue! Instead, have your dryer vents cleaned first and potentially save yourself hundreds of dollars.

Ways to prevent dryer fires

In additionally to having your dryer vents professionally cleaned at least once a year, there are a number of things that homeowners can do to reduce their risk for dryer fire.

  • Clean the lint trap after every dryer load
  • Keep the area around the dryer clean and clear. Avoid stacking laundry next to or on top of the dryer, and regularly clean behind the dryer
  • Consider replacing plastic or foil accordion-style ducts with rigid or semi-rigid varieties
  • Call a dryer vent cleaning service as soon as you notice any signs of clogged ducts

At Pristine Sweeps, we can do more than just take care of your fireplace and chimney needs. If you need to schedule a dryer vent cleaning, contact us today to help keep you and your family safe!