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    Getting to Know E.M. & E.M. Chimney & Masonry

    Last updated 4 days ago

    It is important to know your chimney company and have some background about their business; if you do not, you may end up calling a different company to fix the first company’s mistakes. Keep reading to get to know Em and Em Chimney and Masonry a little bit better.

    At Em and Em Chimney and Masonry, we want our clients to trust us. That is why we provide free estimates. We are also licensed and insured and we will guarantee the quality of our work. Our team is staffed with qualified and experienced professionals who strive to surpass your needs and expectations. We provide repairs and restorations as well as cleanings; we are also happy to offer a twelve-point chimney safety inspection.

    The best way to get to know Em and Em Chimney and Masonry is to come in and see us in person. We are a chimney contractor service that operates on Long Island but also serves Manhattan, Queens, and Westchester. You can find out more about our chimney repair and liner installation by visiting our website or calling (516) 342-7606.

    Deciding Whether to Convert from Oil to Gas Heating

    Last updated 11 days ago

    If your oil heating equipment is due for repair or replacement, you may be wondering if you should switch to a gas unit. There are a few factors that determine whether oil or gas heating is more practical. Here is some help in deciding whether to convert from oil to gas heating.

    Availability of Fuel
    The first factor that you should consider before deciding whether to switch to gas heating is the availability of different types of fuel in your area. Gas heating is actually already utilized by about half of the United States. However, oil heating is still popular in the New York area where it is available. About a third of the northeast uses oil heating. While oil is delivered in trucks, gas takes a more direct route; it is pumped into your home.

    In terms of cost, equipment that supports gas heating is less expensive than oil-heating equipment. However, you may end up spending up to $2,000 to have your chimney lined when you switch to gas heating. This may be worth it, however, because oil-heating equipment may cost up to $8,000 to gas heaters’ $3,000. High-efficiency units tend to be quite a bit more expensive, but they also offer incentives like tax credit. A high efficiency gas unit typically runs up to $5,500, while a high efficiency oil unit can cost up to $10,000.

    Converting to gas heating will require additional money for the installation of the equipment. A pipe will need to be installed to connect the gas main and your house, where a meter must be installed; this may cost up to $1,500. Another $1,000 may be required in order to link the meter and the heating plant.

    If you are unsure whether you should convert from oil to gas heating, call Em and Em Chimney and Masonry with any questions you may have. We provide the Long Island, Manhattan, Westchester, and Queens areas with high quality chimney repair and liner installation. To find out more about our chimney contracting, visit our website or call our offices at (516) 342-7606.

    Knowing When It's Time to Clean Your Chimney

    Last updated 18 days ago

    It is important that your chimney stays clean in order to reduce the risk of damaging fires. However, different chimneys require different maintenance schedules. Watch this video for help in knowing when it is time to clean your chimney.

    Depending on your chimney and how often it is used, you may need to clean your chimney every year, every few months, or rarely ever. However, there are requirements for how often you should have your chimney inspected. Every year you should have a CSIA-certified chimney professional evaluate your chimney and recommend a personalized maintenance schedule. This will give you a good idea of how often you should be inspecting your chimney and cleaning as needed.

    If it is time to clean your chimney, call Em and Em Chimney and Masonry. Our chimney contracting services provides chimney repairs and liner installation in the New York City, Long Island, and Westchester areas. If you live in the area, visit our website or call (516) 342-7606. 

    A Look at How Chimneys Work

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Chimneys are responsible for the proper and efficient functioning of many heat systems in the home. Good chimneys allow you to easily light fires while containing smoke and its odors. Here is a brief overview of how chimneys work. 

    Wood Stove
    A wood stove is one of the appliances that is only able to work because of a reliable chimney. Your chimney causes air to flow into the stove instead of into the room when you open the door to your stove; it also contains the smoke and spares the room when you light a kindling fire, which will quickly heat up. Your chimney allows you to avoid unpleasant smoky smells by sending the smoke outside of the house. When more heat is added to the chimney, it produces a greater draft, which facilitates the filtering of the smoke through suction.

    The fireplace exists under the chimney because they work in cooperation with each other. When a fire is lit in the fireplace, the smoke rises up through the chimney and heat creates a draft. This in turn adds to the combustion of the fire, which helps to create a bright, warm fire. As this fire gets warmer it creates more heat, which creates more draft. In this way, chimneys and fireplace work in a cycle that keeps becoming more beneficial as it goes on. If your chimney is insulated it will require less heat to create a draft.

    Potential Problems
    If your chimney is older and bigger, it may not heat well. Thus, the draft will build slower than with smaller, more efficient chimneys; this is not conducive to a healthy fire. Fortunately, adding insulation can help this. If smoke comes back through your stove door, the flow may be impeded. Smoke should be filtered straight up the chimney, avoiding turns or curves in the pipe.

    Still have questions about how chimneys work? Talk to Em and Em Chimney and Masonry. We are a Long Island based chimney repair business that also serves the Queens, Westchester, and Manhattan areas. For more information about our chimney liners and contracting, feel free to give us a call at (516) 342-7606 or visit our website.

    Why You Should Consider Switching to a Gas-Burning Fireplace and Chimney

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Did you know that gas-burning fireplaces are safer, less expensive, and more eco-friendly than wood-burning fireplaces? Some areas even mandate gas-burning fireplaces only in new construction. Read on for more information about why you should call a chimney contractor to switch to a gas-burning fireplace and chimney.

    Visually Indistinguishable From Burning Wood
    For those who are concerned that switching to a gas-burning fireplace a chimney will change the aesthetics of the room: rest assured, it won’t. Gas-burning fireplaces come with ceramic logs and a set of glowing embers, which gives them the appearance and coziness of a wood-burning fire.

    Easy to Operate
    A gas-burning fireplace and chimney is a breeze to operate. Simply hold a lit match below the logs, turn on the gas, and you will have an instant fire. Some fireplaces can be equipped with electronic switches that automatically light and fuel the fireplace.

    Less Environmental Impact
    Burning wood releases small particles into the air that can cause serious health problems and contribute greatly to the pollution problem in New York. To reduce emissions, a number of areas of the country restrict the burning of wood on certain days of the week. Fortunately, there are none of those restrictions or environmental impacts with a gas-burning fireplace.

    Safer For Your Family
    There are significant risks of having a wood-burning fireplace and chimney in the house. There is always the risk that sparks will fly out of the fireplace or chimney, or that flammable creosote will build up on the inside of the flue. Having firewood inside and around the home can also put your home at risk of a termite infestation.

    To learn more about the advantages of switching to a gas-burning fireplace and chimney, contact Em & Em Chimney & Masonry. We are a full-service, licensed and insured chimney company based in Long Island, NY. Call us at (516) 342-7606 or visit our website for more information about our chimney repair and installation services throughout New York.

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