A properly working fireplace is key for the most energy efficiency and for safety in your home. One way to inspect your fireplace (if you’re physically capable) is to lay a medium-size mirror at the base of the fireplace and then go on the roof and look down the chimney with a flashlight. You should see a light reflect. Of course, if you are afraid of heights, leave the task to the pros and schedule an inspection and cleaning of your chimney annually.
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