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I absolutely adore flower gardens. Whenever I want to relax and view nature in one of its most beautiful forms, I sit in or near a flower garden. Smelling the aromatic fragrances of roses always instantly improves my mood. Do you have a flower garden on your property? If you don’t currently have a flower garden, consider starting one this summer. If your knowledge about flowers is limited, visiting a local home and garden center is a great idea. An expert at this kind of business establishment can help you pick the varieties of flowers that grow best in your part of the country. On this blog, I hope you will discover the easiest types of flowers to grow in a backyard flower garden. Enjoy!


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3 Important Steps To Keep Your Gas Fireplace Maintained Through The Winter

by Amelia Sutton

The beauty of the gas fireplace is it gives you the same appeal as a crackling fire without all the mess. While gas fireplaces are definitely easier to keep clean than a regular wood-burning fireplace, they do still need some time and attention through the year so you don't run into any problems. During the cold season when the fireplace is used the most, you should be following a maintenance plan. Here is a quick look at three important steps you should take to maintain your gas fireplace through the winter.

Keep the ventilation lines cleared of dust and debris. 

Even though your gas fireplace does not have to have a chimney for smoke, it will usually have some form of vent that leads outdoors for the exhaust of burned gas. This ventilation point should be cleaned regularly, especially through the heating season, to ensure proper air flow from the gas fireplace. Look inside of the fireplace for the exit vent, and clean around it with a dry cloth to remove any dust or cobwebs that may have accumulated. It is also a good idea to check the exterior ventilation exit to ensure it is not covered with leaves or dirt. 

Wipe down the glass of the fireplace on a regular basis. 

The glass front that protects the gas fireplace's heating element and helps to evenly distribute heat from the unit can accumulate a layer of grime during the winter when the fireplace is in use the most. If you go all winter without cleaning this glass front, it can be very difficult to clean it later on. Therefore, you should wipe down the inside of the glass on a fairly regular basis. You shouldn't have to use a cleaning solution to remove any built-up grime; just a dry cloth should do the trick, but if there are stubborn spots of grime, glass cleaner will help. If you ever notice that the glass is cracked, contact a home heating repair service before using the fireplace again.

Check the gasket around the glass front regularly. 

The gas fireplace usually has a glass door or front that is held in place by screws or bolts, and there is a gasket around this front enclosure to prevent leaks of gas fumes inside of your home. These gasket seals can have a short life span and do frequently have to be replaced because they have worn down or broken. Through the winter when you are using your fireplace the most, make sure you are checking the gasket seal around the glass front consistently for signs of damage or cracks.