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Why Fireplace Insert Installation Is Not a DIY Job

You love your traditional wood-burning masonry fireplace. This is because it provides a cozy atmosphere in your home. However, you have been disappointed in its low heating efficiency. Each winter, your heating costs have been increasing. Why? Because you have to turn up the thermostat to compensate for the heat loss! This happens when air escapes out of the chimney whenever you light a fire in the fireplace. If you are looking for a way to improve the energy efficiency in your home, Aelite Chimney Specialties can help.

Fireplace Insert Not A DIY Job Image - Chicago IL - Aelite Chimney SpecialtiesWe sell and install a wide variety of fireplace inserts. These inserts allow you to heat your home more efficiently, without sacrificing the experience of sitting around the fireplace. You can choose from several different fuel options: gas, wood, and pellet. Our expert staff can assist you in selecting the best fuel type for your home and then set up an appointment with one of our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified technicians to professionally install your new insert to ensure it will work safely and efficiently. We would like to tell you why it is so important to have a fireplace insert professionally installed.

Aelite Chimney Specialties will make sure the size of your insert matches the size of your flue.

The most important reason why you need to have your new fireplace insert professionally installed? It is to ensure there is a proper match between the sizes of the insert and the flue. According to the CSIA, a correct size match of the heating appliance and the venting system is essential for proper drafting. Most masonry chimneys are too large for newer fireplace inserts. This can cause drafting issues, such as incomplete combustion which can lead to the overproduction of carbon monoxide. This toxic gas can be forced back into your home and create a serious health hazard to you and your family. When our technicians install new fireplace inserts, we begin by inspecting the chimney to see if we need to install a stainless steel chimney liner. In addition, provide a correctly sized flue to match the insert.

Aelite Chimney Specialties will make sure the insert is able to vent properly.

You can trust our technicians to ensure that your new fireplace insert will be correctly installed.  Also, that it is able to take in needed air for combustion as well as exhaust the byproducts of combustion out through the chimney. Venting problems can lead to an excess of water vapors inside the flue. The combination of this moisture with the acidic gases from combustion is a highly corrosive liquid. This liquid can quickly deteriorate the bricks and mortar joints of your chimney. The cracks and gaps that result from this corrosion damage are safety hazards. This is because they expose the combustible parts of your home to extremely high temperatures! Plus, also allow toxic gases to escape into your living spaces.

Considering updating your masonry fireplace into a more efficient heating appliance? Contact us at Aelite Chimney Specialties to learn more about our fireplace insert sales and professional installation services.

Keep Your Chimney Up to Code with a Professional Chimney Company

Chimney Liner Code - Aelite Chimney - Chicago ILWhen you live in an older home, you have the responsibility of being sure everything, such as your electrical system and your fireplace and chimney, in your home meets modern building codes. Over the years, safety issues can require updates and changes to building codes and standards, and our staff at Aelite Chimney Specialties is very familiar with how these codes have evolved when it comes to fireplaces and chimneys. Our technicians are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and know exactly what to look for when inspecting older chimneys to ensure all modern building codes have been met. While we have seen chimneys that need essential masonry repairs to be able to meet safety codes, the most common update we have experienced has to do with chimney liners. Many older chimneys were not built with liners, and this is a major code violation. We would like to tell you more about chimney liners and why they are so essential to your fireplace and chimney system.

Why is it so important to have a chimney liner?

Not only is a chimney liner crucial for safety reasons, but your fireplace and chimney will work more efficiently with the proper chimney liner. The CSIA lists three main functions of a chimney liner:

  1. To protect your home from the extremely hot temperatures produced by the fireplace: Without a chimney liner, the combustible materials of your home can be in danger of catching fire due to these high temperatures. A liner helps to prevent this type of fire.
  2. To protect the bricks and mortar of your chimney from the corrosive byproducts of combustion: A chimney liner keeps the acidic and corrosive gases from eating away at the masonry materials of your chimney. When the mortar joints of your chimney erode, there is a greater chance that the toxic byproducts of combustion like carbon monoxide can leak into your home.
  3. To provide a correctly sized flue to your heating appliance: If you have a modern fireplace insert installed into your old fireplace, there is a good chance the flue is too large for the insert. This size issue can cause draft problems that lead to the overproduction of creosote deposits and of carbon monoxide. By fitting your heating appliance with a chimney liner, you will have a properly sized flue that will allow your appliance to work at its highest level of efficiency.

If your chimney is without a liner or has not been inspected, contact us at Aelite Chimney Specialties to correct this problem and bring your chimney up to code. We carry and install Ventinox stainless steel lining systems that can be used with all types of fuel and will last a lifetime.

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Dryer Vent Cleaning for Home Safety

Most homeowners recognize the importance of regularly scheduled home maintenance. Every year, a homeowner will schedule an appointment to have the gutters cleaned, chimney swept or even the pipes winterized. But many do not know the importance of an annual dryer vent cleaning. Improperly maintained dryer vents are responsible for over 15,000 house fires each year; according to the National Fire Protection Association, this is 1 out of every 22 structural fires. While a professional vent system cleaning is imperative to ensuring the safety of your home and family, there are also steps you can take to decrease the likelihood of a house fire.

Choose the proper equipment

Having your chimney swept regularly is one of the simplest things you can do to ensure your family’s safety. Let the team at Aelite perform this professional chimney service today.

Having your chimney swept regularly is one of the simplest things you can do to ensure your family’s safety. Let the team at Aelite perform this professional chimney service today.

It’s always best to have your washer and dryer professionally installed. A professional will immediately recognize any potential fire hazards, and can recommend tools and products that will prove safer for your family. Several years ago, it was possible to install a dryer simply by plugging it into an outlet and attaching a metal crimped duct between the dryer and the wall. Today, however, professionals have recognized the hazard presented by variations in equipment, whether they be duct length, bolts used for attachment, or the tendency of a duct to catch highly flammable lint in cracks and crimps, thereby increasing the risk of ignition. Gas clothes dryers, if not properly ventilated, can cause a backup of carbon monoxide into the living space of your home. Proper installation and inspection of your dryer vent system can prevent any hazardous condition from becoming a life threatening emergency.

Know your appliances

A dryer works by evaporating as much as a gallon of water per load of wet laundry. In the process of evaporation, your dryer removes lint from the fabric of your clothes, but only a portion of this lint is collected in the lint trap. The remainder will travel through the duct and ventilation system, until it is deposited, ideally, outdoors. If your dryer is taking longer to dry a load, or if you notice an apparent burning smell, it is likely a hazardous condition which needs to be addressed immediately. In addition, your dryer’s external surfaces or the clothes themselves may become hotter than the norm for a load, or the laundry room may become more humid after using your appliances. Any difference you may notice could be an indication that a dryer vent cleaning appointment is necessary.

Choosing a professional

Not only should dryer installation be completed by a professional, but dryer vent cleaning should be as well. Taking action to keep your laundry area as clean as possible and being aware of any, even subtle, changes in your appliance’s behavior are two excellent preventive measures against house fire. However, a professional technician will not only be able to clean your dryer vent system thoroughly, but will also notice any imminent threats to the safety of your home. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors claims that a large number of house fires can be prevented by proper cleaning and inspection for materials. The diameter of the ventilation ducts, the installation of an exhaust vent flapper, and the proper location of a vent’s outlet can all be inspected by your professional. Check local reviews, and review sites such as Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau to learn about others’ experiences with your technician. Hire a professional who holds certifications with CSIA, the Chimney Sweep Institute of America. And finally, choose a professional who has experience with dryer vent cleaning. An annual cleaning and inspection of your dryer vent system will go a long way toward ensuring the safety of your home.

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All About Chimney Liners

According to the CSIA, problems in your chimney’s flue can pose serious risks to your home and family, as it’s no longer able to perform its primary function: to safely contain and vent the products of combustion to the outside of your home.

Give Aelite Chimney Specialties a call at 815-363-1242 to schedule an inspection to ensure your flue liner is in tip top shape!

Give Aelite Chimney Specialties a call at 815-363-1242 to schedule an inspection to ensure your flue liner is in tip top shape!


Fire Safety

It starts with not caring enough to be informed and ready. Before you know it –  poof!!! – your house is on fire. You wouldn’t want that to happen now would you? If you’re smart about it, you’d read the infographic below.

Just by reading this infographic, you've managed to lessen your risks for house fires. From here on, you have to apply what you learned.

Just by reading this infographic, you’ve managed to lessen your risks for house fires. From here on, you have to apply what you learned.