These two components go hand in hand with each other. They also play a significant role (and as a catalyst) within other major systems of your home (heating & ventilation). Most of the heating systems here in the Northeast require a chimney or direct venting system. The main role of a chimney or vent is to get the exhaust gases out of the home. Wood-burning fireplaces are basically entertainment devices as they don’t add a lot of heat to a home. More often than not, they’ll actually consume more heat. Modern technology, more efficient heating appliances and the growing concerns with energy conservation; gas fireplaces (natural gas & propane), wood pellet stoves and some wood burning stoves are excellent sources of heat (when properly sized and installed) and can often supplement the seemingly ever climbing heating costs. Professional chimney contractors will be our primary recommended source if we think there is a problem with your chimney and/or fireplace.