How to Keep Smoke Out of Your Home

By HomeAdvisor

Updated October 18, 2016

Lit fireplace

Fireplaces are a cozy addition to any home. But they can sometimes result in a smoky living room. Here are a few tips to give you the warmth of a fire without the smell.

The Cause:  Low-temperature fires don’t create the updraft needed to vent smoke up and out your chimney. If you’re just starting your fire or if it’s burning out at the end of the night, you can expect an increased smell of smoke.

Oversized fireplace boxes and dirty flues can also allow smoke into your home. If you suspect either of these problems, it’s best to leave any repairs to a professional.

The Solution: Having your chimney professionally cleaned is the simplest way to eliminate smoke from entering your house and maintain the health of your fireplace.

Installing a fireplace insert will help create a seal around your fireplace and limit the amount of smoke that enters your home. Additionally, inserts will help circulate heat throughout the room. This will help lower heating bills in the wintertime.

You can also add glass doors to your fireplace to keep out smoke. Doors come in a variety of sizes and styles, so you can match your home’s décor.

If you’re considering an insert or glass doors, it’s best to hire a pro to handle any installations.

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  1. Bernard, July 7:

    I have a rather big sized open fireplace (wide) 1100 mm x (high) 810mm x (deep) 750mm id do draw a lot smoke and try to somehow remodel the inside of the Fire box, thank you for your reply

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