Be Sure to Hire a Professional for a Fireplace/Stove Install
You can find a wide range of DIY guides for fireplace and stove installation that make the process look deceptively easy. Nothing is as simple as it seems on the internet. Fireplaces and stoves have specific installation requirements that vary from model to model. You could easily make a mistake that could jeopardize your home’s safety or cost you more to fix down the road. Unless you are a hearth expert with extensive knowledge of local and state building codes, it’s smart to outsource this home improvement job to a professional.
You can ensure that your new fireplace or stove operates optimally and safely by hiring a certified chimney technician to install it.
Benefits of a Hiring a Chimney Expert to Install Your New Appliance
#1. Your new fireplace, insert, or stove will be up to code.
Many state and local building codes apply to fireplaces, fireplace inserts, and stoves. These building codes can include restrictions on the fuel type or ventilation system you can choose, the amount of clearance area around your heating appliance, and much more. Certified chimney sweeps have extensive knowledge about these requirements. They will ensure that your new fireplace, insert, or stove meets the building codes that apply in your area. When you have a hearth appliance installed by a professional, you don’t have to worry that your home won’t be up to code when you are ready to move.
#2. Your ventilation system will operate safely and efficiently.
The ventilation system for your fireplace or stove is a crucial component. If the ventilation system isn’t constructed correctly, your hearth appliance won’t operate safely or efficiently. Fireplaces, inserts, and stoves produce carbon monoxide along with the smoke. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that’s tasteless, odorless, and colorless. Poorly built ventilation systems can allow gas to leak into your home, increasing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning to your family.
Accidentally installing the wrong size chimney or flue liner is a common mistake made by DIYers. This mistake can dramatically decrease the efficiency of your fireplace and cause persistent ventilation problems. The last thing you want is for your home to fill with smoke every time you try to use your new fireplace or stove.
These are just a couple of the problems that can arise when you try to install a fireplace, insert, or stove’s ventilation system yourself. Chimney experts go through hours of training for a reason. Ventilation systems are complex. Properly installing one requires training and experience. Avoid risks by hiring a certified chimney expert to install your new appliance.
#3. You don’t have to stress about running a new electric or gas line.
Most new fireplaces and stoves require connection to an electric line to power the fans, blowers, and augers. Gas fireplaces, fireplace inserts, and gas stoves require connection to a gas line. These types of infrastructural requirements can be incredibly stressful for a DIYer to tackle. You don’t want to make a mistake when you are working with electricity or gas. You can trust that a certified chimney technician will take care of this. We have experience running electrical and gas lines and safely connecting them to new heating appliances. This takes care of tricky infrastructural needs like these, which are included with the installation.
When you need a hand installing your new fireplace, stove, or fireplace insert, give Hudson Valley Chimney Service a call! We have been serving local residents for more than 40 years. Our CSIA Certified chimney technicians expertly install fireplaces, stoves, and fireplace inserts for residents throughout the Hudson River Valley.