2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. Blog : Archive for December, 2012

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Everyone at 2nd Generation Chimneys wants to wish you a very happy New Year! We hope you have a fun (and safe!) time saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming in the new.

If you are a person who makes resolutions, why not try to upgrade your fireplace next year? Upgrading your fireplace can reduce the amount of energy you need to keep your home comfortable. You can also save energy by adding insulation to your home. Having a new fireplace installed can save you money by reducing your utility bills. Call 2nd Generation Chimneys to learn more about the benefits of upgrading your fireplace.

Have a great New Year’s Eve!

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Chimney Sweeps To The Rescue!

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Chimney Sweep experts are a rarity these days. The crew at 2nd Generation Chimneys is committed to keeping the tradition of quality through detail and integrity alive and well. Every chimney needs a chimney sweep, and that’s just what we do! Give us a call to schedule and ensure that your chimney is operational all winter long.

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Holiday Hours

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

From all of us here at 2nd Generation Chimneys, we would like to wish you and your family a happy holiday weekend. Just a reminder, we will be closed and enjoying our families on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas while we are out! Enjoy the snow and stay safe and warm.

 

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Happy Holidays from the Minneapolis chimney specialists!

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Everyone at 2nd Generation Chimneys wishes you a very happy holiday! We would like to take a moment to thank all our wonderful customers who make it possible for our business to thrive. We look forward to working with you again in the future. Have a wonderful celebration, and enjoy this time with friends and family!

As a quick reminder, make sure you’ve scheduled a chimney inspection this winter, if you haven’t yet. Annual maintenance will not only cut down on repair costs, but it also ensures that your chimney is running as efficiently as possible, which lowers utility bills. A comfortable, efficient home is a gift that everyone can appreciate.

Happy Holidays from 2nd Generation Chimneys!

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Winter Chimney Cleaning

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

A little snow doesn’t stop the 2nd Generation Chimneys team from getting your chimney cleaned! No matter the season, our crew is ready to work. We have a team of experts that will thoroughly inspect and clean your chimney, as well as offer any additional repair services needed. It is our goal to keep your family safe and warm all winter long.

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Benefits of Air Duct Cleaning in Edina MN

Monday, December 17th, 2012

You may not think about the air ducts in your home that distribute heated and cooled air throughout the building. However, the condition of this ductwork system is a very important component in the successful operation of your heating and air conditioning system. There are a lot of different scenarios in which the condition your air ducts may be compromised, resulting in issues with your heating and air conditioning systems. One such scenario is the buildup of dirt, debris and other pollutants in your ductwork. 2nd Generation Chimneys understands these issues and would like to explain to you some of the benefits of air duct cleaning in Edina.

Your air ducts are responsible for distributing all of the heated and cooled air throughout your home. If dirt and debris have built up in your air ducts these pollutants can also be distributed throughout your entire home, reducing air quality in every room that should benefit from your heating and air conditioning system. There is no way for homeowners to know what the condition inside their air ducts is, let alone to thoroughly clean them. With professional duct cleaning services, though, your service provider can use the specialized tools and years of experience necessary to ensure that your air ducts are clean enough to provide you with the fresh air you deserve.

Not only can dirty air ducts adversely affect the quality of the air that you breathe, they can also reduce the efficiency with which you heater and air conditioner work. Severe buildup can cause increased air flow resistance, and the accumulation of pollutants and even mold on your HVAC equipment can compromise the components of the system themselves.

Do not let dirty air ducts put your health – or your wallet – at risk. Start improving indoor air quality and efficiency today. Contact 2nd Generation Chimneys to reap the benefits of air duct cleaning in Edina.

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Minneapolis Fireplace and Chimney Tip: How to Maintain Efficiency for Your Fireplace or Wood Stove Throughout the Winter

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Are you looking for ways to maintain efficiency while heating your Minneapolis area home with a fireplace or wood stove this winter? At 2nd Generation Chimneys, we can help you heat your home more efficiently with a few tips from our chimney and fireplace experts. You can always call us if you would like to know more about saving energy in your home.

Upgrade Your Damper and Chimney Cap

Whether you heat your home with a fireplace or wood stove, there’s potential for air loss through the chimney. You can prevent this with the right damper and chimney cap. The damper will help keep the warm air inside and the cold air out when you aren’t using your fireplace or wood stove. This will help with efficiency and prevent backdraft.

A sturdy chimney cap will also protect the inside of your flue and your flue liner from moisture issues. A chimney screen can also prevent flying sparks from creating a fire and keep animals out of your chimney. Lastly, burning the right kind of wood can also help with efficiency since it prevents excess creosote build-up.

Improve the Overall Efficiency of Your Home

There are many small tasks you can do to make your home more efficient overall. Adding insulation, sealing off air leaks, and upgrading the components of your heating system are some of the main ways homeowners can lower energy costs. Getting your fireplace, wood stove, and chimney inspected by a professional chimney technician will also help.

Whether you are looking for a new damper, chimney cap, or you need to schedule your next chimney inspection, call the Minneapolis chimney and fireplace experts at 2nd Generation Chimneys any time. Contact 2nd Generation Chimneys today!

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We Appreciate Your Feedback!

Friday, December 7th, 2012

It is always a pleasure to receive a positive review from our customers. Your feedback offers us input into what worked and what didn’t so that we can continue serving you and others with the highest level of care. Please consider leaving us a review through our online survey. If you have had a good experience with us (which we try to ensure everyone does!), we would very much appreciate you sharing that experience with the public on our Yelp business page. Thanks in advance for your support!

Here is a great review from a new customer – thanks, Luke!

“I was thrilled with the technician and the service. I didn’t feel pressured to purchase a service or product that I didn’t need. The technician was thorough, professional, and patient with me as I asked questions. I’ll definitely be using 2nd Generation again in the future!”

– Luke N.

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Maple Grove, MN Chimney Tips: How Chimney Caps Protect Your Chimney

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Whether you own a traditional fireplace, wood stove, or fireplace insert, installing a chimney cap on the chimney in your Maple Grove, MN home is important for several reasons. Call 2nd Generation for all your chimney needs.

Preventing Moisture Problems

One of the main benefits of a chimney cap is that it keeps moisture out of the inside of the chimney. While all fireplaces and wood stoves create some creosote build-up, adding moisture to excess build-up can create deterioration due to corrosion. Because the cap extends across the crown, it can also protect the crown from damage due to moisture, especially if your chimney masonry is in need of sealing.

Preventing Animal Infestation

You can also install a combination chimney screen and cap to prevent animals from nesting inside the flue liner. Chimneys are a favorite nesting site for small animals, such as birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and raccoons. Not only is animal infestation dangerous to the animals, but when they nest in your chimney, it prevents proper ventilation and airflow. We can also install metal screens designed to cover roof and attic vents to prevent animals from getting inside your home through these openings.

Fire Prevention

Chimney screens installed at the top of your chimney cap prevent flying sparks from catching nearby brush or trees on fire. Sparks can also set fire to your roof under the right conditions. When you install a cap and damper system, you can also save on your heating bills, in addition to preventing safety concerns.

Choosing the Right Chimney Cap

While there are several options for chimney caps, call one of our fireplace and chimney experts to help you decide on the right one for your chimney. We can go over the different models that we sell and install. Remember, if you haven’t scheduled, your annual chimney cleaning and inspection, it’s never too late. We will inspect your cap, screen, and damper to ensure that they are doing their job.

Help protect your chimney and fireplace by calling 2nd Generation Chimneys of Maple Grove, MN today to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly technicians. Contact 2nd Generation Chimneys today!

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