As we change the clocks – autumn feels well and truly upon us! Time for cosy nights in front of a fire, candles on, big socks and hot chocolate with marshmallows!
Just remember to have your chimney swept before the start of the heating season.
The Solid Fuel Association recommends that you have your chimney swept at least once a year and more if you burn certain fuels. It is important to note that some chimneys will need sweeping more than once a year. So it is important to know the type of chimney you have and the fuel you are using.
As a guide, the National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS) recommend the following:
Smokeless fuels – at least once a year
Bituminous coal – at least twice a year
Wood – quarterly when in use (especially important if you burn fresh wood)
Oil – once a year
Gas – once a year
You should also read through the terms and conditions of your household insurance provider. Do keep a log of the chimney sweeps done in the past too. If you have to make a claim on your insurance you may be asked for proof that the chimney has been properly maintained. And, don’t forget to notify your insurance company if you install a real fire for the first time, because you will be adding to the risk at your property.
When you get your chimney swept, you are strongly advised to choose a member of NACS to carry out the work and ensure that they provide you with a NACS certificate of sweeping on completion of the work. This means that all work is covered and guaranteed by the industry standards. NACS members are also able to provide valuable advice on operating your appliance safely and efficiently and may be able to spot potential issues before that become a big problem.
Remember – cleaner chimneys are safer to use and help the environment by assisting the complete combustion of the fuel – which in turn reduced emissions into the atmosphere.