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How to Stay Safe from Carbon Monoxide

It’s not as if carbon monoxide knocks on your door, presents a calling card that says “Danger: I’m CO,” enters your living space — and starts threatening all the occupants. CO’s threats and dangers are not necessarily that blatant and obvious. Nevertheless, CO does in fact pose serious health and safety risks in the home. Since it is odorless and colorless, it is silent and stealthy.

What’s to be done?

How to Stay Safe from Carbon Monoxide img - Albamy NY - Northeastern Fireplace & DesignNortheastern Fireplace & Design would like to share some of the benefits of our training and experience on this important matter. One way to stay safe from potential carbon monoxide poisoning is to install a working, efficient CO monitor. This affords some practical, common-sense protection. But don’t you want to prevent the CO monitor from going off in the first place? Consequently, it’s wise to identify and remedy any sources of carbon monoxide poisoning in your living space.

Sources of fuel combustion pose a threat of carbon monoxide poisoning. CO is a normal by-product of combustion, whether it’s from a fireplace, a stove, an oven, a hearth or a furnace. The use of either central heating or a space heater can bring a health threat from CO. To pose a health risk, carbon monoxide can either escape from your heating appliance or not be vented properly.

Our expertise

Northeastern Fireplace & Design has the expertise and experience to evaluate whether your fireplace, chimney, or heating system is prone to these risks.

Exposure to CO can induce dizziness, fatigue, headache, nausea or irregular breathing. We make no claim to being healthcare providers, but we do know fireplaces and chimneys. We can investigate whether there’s evidence of looming carbon monoxide threats. As for carbon monoxide sources in the home, where do we tend to look? We look at chimneys, furnaces, wood- or pellet-burning fireplaces or stoves, and gas appliances. We inspect venting systems to see if they are free of obstructions.

One way to stay safe from CO is to have a professional check out your gas appliances. Northeastern Fireplace & Design can make certain that fittings are secure and that venting is taking place as it should. Our team of professionals and associates undergo rigorous training and stay abreast of regulatory guidance and standards. We have technicians certified by the National Fireplace Institute. Thousands of satisfied customers throughout the Capital District, western Massachusetts, eastern New York and beyond attest to our expertise and competence.

We are here for you

Northeastern Fireplace & Design recognizes the limited role of preventive maintenance. We know that homeowners assume the chief responsibility for reducing risks from carbon monoxide. Still, we are pleased to share our professional knowledge, as needed, on your behalf. At the same time, we welcome inquiries or calls related to carbon monoxide concerns you might have.

Northeastern Fireplace & Design’s professionals understand the processes and mechanics of combustion in the home to look for silent sources of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Over the course of 35+ years of superior service throughout the region, we’ve expanded our knowledge and our network.

Call us today at (518) 767-9314 to tap our brains on matters of carbon monoxide safety related to your chimney, fireplace, or related accessories.

By Joe Shear on April 24th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

How well do you know your gas stove?

Your gas-fueled heating stove runs on natural gas or propane. It’s a clean, convenient, and efficient way to heat a portion of your home.

Let Northeastern Fireplace & Design walk you through a brief overview of the major parts of your gas-fired heating stove.

How well do you know your gas stove Image - Albany NY - Northeastern Fireplace & DesignYour gas stove burns natural gas or propane and generates heat inside a firebox. Many stoves have soapstone that surrounds the firebox. This material absorbs the heat and radiates it outward. The soapstone, or a similar material, slowly releases heat and reheats itself from the fire in a constant pattern.

Gas stoves are typically connected to a thermostat, which regulates the amount of heat produced.

If natural gas is used, it is delivered under pressure by your utility. With propane, the tank is pressurized and controlled by a regulator between the tank and your home. Since pumps or other electrical components are not employed, a gas stove can operate during a power outage. (A wall thermostat and remote control can operate on batteries.) A controller in the stove generates voltage from the pilot flame, and operates valves to the pilot and main burner. The pilot is a small flame that burns continuously once lit. The pilot must be lit for the stove to operate.

Direct-vent stoves have a flue made up of concentric pipes.

The inner pipe carries hot flue gases outside. The outer one draws fresh air from outside into the stove for combustion. As the hot exhaust and the cold outside air pass by each other, the incoming air is warmed and the outgoing exhaust is cooled, precluding the need for a chimney.

The stove also has an igniter that lights the pilot by creating a spark.

A series of knobs or switches typically control off-on and heat output.

The main burner consists of a stainless steel pan located under the log set where the gas and air are mixed and ignited. Flames rise up through the log set that sits on top of the main burner.

The thermocouple and thermopile are small metallic devices that produce voltage when heated by the pilot. While the pilot is on, low voltage activates an electromagnet, which keeps the gas supply valve open. If the pilot goes out, the supply of gas to the stove is shut off. This is important for safety.

Northeastern Fireplace & Design has a rich variety of gas or propane stoves for sale!

In fact, during the tax season we offer special discounts. Come into our showroom at 1650 US Route 9W Suite 101, Selkirk, NY, to see our offerings.

Over the course of decades, we have had thousands of satisfied customers throughout the Capital District, western Massachusetts, eastern New York and beyond. We have 35+ years of superior service throughout the region. Contact us directly to learn more. Call us today at (518) 767-9314.

You might be surprised by the charm and ambiance that a gas stove provides. Come in and see for yourself.

By Joe Shear on April 11th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment