While it may seem counterintuitive to open your windows when using the fireplace for warmth, it is a wise thing to do when it comes to safety. You don’t need to open the window all the way, just an inch or two will work fine.
Check out the three top reasons below for opening your window when using the fireplace.
- Smokiness. Anyone who has used a fireplace knows how scary it can be to light a fire only for the room to fill with smoke seconds later. There are many reasons why this may happen, but it could be a result of having debris – i.e. leaves, acorns, twigs, soot, etc. that has ignited in the chimney. It’s important for you to regularly schedule a chimney sweep to inspect your fireplace. An open window will help prevent the room from getting filled with smelly smoke.
- Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) build-up. CO gas is known as the “silent killer” because it’s odorless, tasteless and invisible. When using a fireplace, CO could potentially build-up inside your home, especially if your chimney is clogged with debris. An open window can help to vent the gas, and this is especially important in newer homes that were likely built with airtight construction techniques. This means that gases have no way to escape, including CO.
- Provide air flow. Open a window slightly to lessen heat loss from your home’s furnace. This means that, even if you have your heating system running with the fireplace going, you will have a warmed home in other rooms.
Always use caution when using a fireplace in your home, regardless if it’s powered by natural gas, electricity or wood. Be sure to stress the importance of fire safety to children who may be in the room with the fireplace lit. Always put the fire out before leaving home or going to sleep. Following these tips will help you to safely enjoy a cozy, warm fire on a chilly winter day.