The start of the New Year isn’t just a great opportunity to make resolutions – it’s also the perfect time to have your chimney swept!

Throughout the year our chimneys can suffer from a buildup of soot, ash, and creosote. Having your chimney swept by a certified professional is the best way to keep your chimney system clean and working safely and efficiently all year long, and below we have outlined why starting your new year off with a chimney sweep is a great idea.

Keep up with Home Maintenance

Many homeowners feel lost under a mountain of their home maintenance to do list, so if you’re looking to up your home-maintenance game, schedule a chimney sweeping and inspection!

All chimneys and fireplaces should be cleaned and inspected at least once per year to keep your home safe from the risk of a chimney fire, and to lower the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in the home. However, this is one home-maintenance task you should leave to the professionals.

Keep Your Home Cleaner

A cleaner chimney and fireplace also means a cleaner home. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, a dirty chimney can cause smoke to back up into your home, leaving dust and small particles all over your furniture. A dirty chimney also can lead to unpleasant odors that can flow backward into your home, leaving your home smelling foul no matter how well you clean it. Scheduling a new year’s chimney cleaning can help to freshen your home and rid it of embarrassing odors in the new year.

Lower Your Carbon Footprint

Are you looking to lower your impact on the environment in the new year? Keeping your chimney and fireplace, and putting them to use, can help. A chimney sweeping and inspection helps to keep your fireplace running more efficiently, lowering your energy bills and lessening your carbon output.

And when you use your fireplace more frequently, whether you’re burning clean natural gas or carbon-neutral wood or wood pellets, you’re doing your part to heat your home in a cleaner, more natural way.

Save (more) Money

Year after year, saving money tops the list of most popular new year’s resolutions. Having your fireplace and chimney swept and inspected can help! First and foremost, a clean chimney and fireplace help the entire system run more efficiently.

As an added bonus, when you use your fireplace more frequently, you can lower the thermostat for the rest of your home and concentrate your heating dollars on the rooms you spend the most time in, which can lower you home-heating bills dramatically.

If a cleaner home with a smaller footprint that saves you money is your idea of a good new year’s resolution (I mean…why wouldn’t it be??), give your local Brick + Ember Outfitters a call today. We’ll help you kick off your 2019 with one less item on your home maintenance list!