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Chimney Cleaning in Arlington Virginia

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If you live in Arlington, Virginia, you know that fall and winter can bring some pretty chilly weather. To stay warm and cozy, many homeowners rely on their fireplace to heat their homes. But before you can light up that first fire of the season, it’s important to make sure your chimney is clean and in good working order. Chimney cleaning is an important part of maintaining the safety and efficiency of your fireplace. When your chimney is clogged with soot and creosote, it can be a fire hazard and can also cause your fireplace to burn less efficiently. By…

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A&T Chimney Sweeps of Bethesda

New Service Locations for A&T Chimney Sweeps

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New Service Locations for A&T Chimney Sweeps By: Tim McGirl We’ve got big news! A&T Chimney Sweeps is proud to announce that we’re expanding our business and adding new locations into our service area. In Virginia, we’ll now be bringing our signature services to Vienna and Leesburg. In addition, we’re also making our first foray into another state – Maryland. Chimney owners and those looking for the highest quality fireplaces, power washing, and masonry repairs now know who to call in Rockville, Chevy Chase, Potomac, and Bethesda. If you’re in the greater VA/MD/DC area and new to A&T Chimney Sweeps,…

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A&T Chimneys Eliminates Smokey Smells from Fireplaces (703) 659-1699

Why Does My Fireplace Still Smell?

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Why Does My Fireplace Still Smell? By: Tim McGirl Avoiding Smoky Chimney Smells Wood burning fireplaces can leave your house with smoky smells even a few days after burning. You might have shut the glass doors on your fireplace immediately after using the fireplace but the chimney odors still remain lingering in your living room. If the smoky chimney smells persist despite removing the old ashes from the fireplace, there might be a couple of reasons of what could be causing the problem.   Creosote Buildup Over time, burning wood in the fireplaces can result in the buildup of creosote…

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Wood Stoves Sales and Installation by A&T Chimney Sweeps

Why Use a Wood Stove to Heat Your Home?

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Fuel cost are on the rise, and wood remains one of the cheapest fuels available. With the increased efficiency in today’s wood stove, they remain one of the most cost-effective heating methods available. The normal unit for determining heating cost is cost per million BTU (British Thermal Unit). Determining exact costs for wood are difficult due to varying costs of wood, variations in type of wood used, and variations in the size or density of a cord (3.62 m^3 of dried wood). However, the general consensus is the wood heat costs about $5-9 per million BTU. Compare this to the average cost of electrical heating, which is $13-15 per million BTU or natural gas at $11-13, and you can see the savings.

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New Fireplace Sales and Installation

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A Full Service Fireplace Shop for Northern Virginia A&T Chimney Sweeps is now happy to announce themselves as an authorized, full service Regency dealer! As a full-service dealer, A&T Chimney Sweeps can now use their years of expertise to sell, service, and install Regency indoor fireplaces, outdoor fireplaces, wood stoves, and pellet stoves. Regency has long been the leader and chief innovator in wood and all manner of fireplaces, inserts and freestanding stoves. Through attention to flame, heat, efficiency, safety and quality, their engineers have combined the timeless love of a natural fire with today’s lifestyle and the latest technology….

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Summer Power Washing Suggestions

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Summer Power Washing Suggestions By: Tim McGirl “With the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ―F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby   Summer has officially arrived! As the days get shorter and shorter, our determination to make the most of them grows. Whether you’re looking forward to afternoons by the pool and grilling out with your family, or a Gatsby-level Independence Day bash for the whole neighborhood, whatever summer celebrations you’re planning, there is…

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Flowers representing Spring Chimney Cleaning

Chimney Cleaning is Spring Cleaning

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Spring Cleaning your Chimney By: Tim McGirl During the freezing winter months it is inevitable that your use of the chimney is going to be constant. However, once the frosty chills have migrated to other lands, what you’re left with is a buildup in your chimney which has a tendency of causing a damp odor in your home. Matters can get much worse if water somehow gets seeped in the chimney, since that can further exacerbate the situation. Use the fresh vibrant season of spring to clean your chimney; the creosote that has been accumulating itself in the winter months…

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New Bethesda Chimney Sweep Branch

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A&T Chimney Sweeps is Proud to Announce Their New Bethesda MD Branch Arrival   A&T Chimney Sweeps of Bethesda is the newest branch location for Northern Virginia’s top chimney cleaning and chimney repair company. The expansion into Maryland opens a new chapter for A&T. They have traditionally served the communities of Northern Virginia, and felt it was time to bring their high level of customer service, professionalism and expertise to residents of Bethesda and the surrounding communities.   As a full service chimney and fireplace service provider, A&T Chimney Sweeps offers a complete line of chimney and fireplace services. Some…

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Chimneys without stainless steel liners build-up creosote and pose health risks

Why Do I Need A Stainless Steel Chimney Liner?

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Why Do I Need a Stainless Steel Chimney Liner? By: Tim McGirl   A chimney liner is a duct present on the inside of the chimney to prevent the combustion products from escaping the chimney. Since a lot of heat is generated inside the chimney, it is exposed to heat and corrosion which can be prevented by regular chimney cleaning and installation of chimney liner. Before 1940, chimney liners were not the standard but now all new chimneys required to have a liner. Chimney liners are often a neglected feature but are very essential to every chimney in a home….

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