Now that spring has finally arrived, it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll be doing with your fireplace during the off-season. Most home-owners will simply leave the fireplace as-is and not bat another eye. Others of us prefer to do a little something extra with our fireplace at the end of the burning season. Here are some ideas on what to do with a fireplace in the spring.
Before you do anything, now is the time to have your chimney swept. There’s no reason to wait until the fall to have this service done, and if you do it now you’ll be able to also address any other underlying issues your chimney sweeping professional spots.
Decorate your fireplace with a unique item that fits within the fireplace’s open area. You don’t need to go crazy, but because this area won’t be used all summer there’s no reason you can’t add a little touch of style. Just be sure to clear it all out before you spark up another fire in the fall. Some unique items to place here would be a statue which doesn’t really go anywhere else, a mirror, or some unused candles.
The fireplace is only sealed off by a small flue damper which isn’t extremely insulating. Take some time to develop a fireplace cover which seals off the fireplace while also matching the decor of your room. This will help you cut down on any cooling costs over the summer season. If you don’t like the look of the sealing piece you create, cover it up with something else more decorative.
Place firewood and kindling in the fireplace so it’s ready for next season. Not only will this look great, it will also help to dry out the wood so that it is nice and ready for the fall. Or, light up the fire on a cold spring or summer night when you just feel like having a fire for the fun of it.
For help with cleaning out your fireplace at the end of the burning season, contact your local Maryland chimney sweeping service. Firestone Stone and Patio is a Maryland fireplace installation, service, and repair company. For a quote on your chimney sweeping service, get in touch with Fireside Stone and Patio today at 410-203-2876.