Ensuring that your chimney is in proper working condition is vital in maintaining the health of your fireplace as a whole. A fireplace can make a cold, dreary night substantially more enjoyable as you warm up by a crackling flame with friends and family. Yet, if things are not working as efficiently as possible a cozy night in can quickly take a turn for the worse. Smoke can back up into your home, fires might keep going out, and the safety of your home and loved ones could be in jeopardy.
Maintaining proper air flow is vital in proper fireplace and chimney use. A fire can quickly get too big and cause damage to your home. The right level of oxygen needs to consistently flow through your chimney to ensure that fires burn at a safe level. Also, proper air flow will help to ensure that smoke does not back up into your home, causing your possessions to obtain a nasty odor and putting the health of your family at risk.
This emphasizes the importance of keeping your chimney open so that air can properly flow through it. Dampers work to control air flow by allowing your chimney the chance to let out all of the smoke that accompanies a fire. They can also be used to control how much outside air is getting in, helping you safely maintain any fire that you build.
Dampers are also great for controlling leaks that often occur within a chimney. Although leaking can form at many places throughout the masonry, dampers are one of the first places experts turn to when seeking a leak’s starting point. Getting a strong damper installed in the correct way is one of the most efficient ways to control leaking issues throughout your chimney and fireplace.
Throat dampers are commonly used in chimneys, but are not typically the recommended option when it comes to fireplace maintenance. While the professionals at A-1 Chimney Specialist are more than happy to work on any type of damper that our customers feel comfortable using, we suggest getting a top-end damper installed over a throat damper.
Top-end dampers form a tighter seal around your chimney, ensuring that, whatever weather is like outside, you will not be facing any draft or air flow issues. When excess air and outside elements are allowed access to your home, it leaves you facing higher energy bills and struggling to keep your home at a reasonable temperature. Top-end dampers are less likely to face damages than throat dampers and, if installed correctly, can keep your home safe and dry for years to come.
The experts at A-1 Chimney Specialist are standing by and ready to help with any chimney maintenance that you may need. Give us a call, or schedule an appointment through our website today and let us get your chimney in top shape before winter hits. We look forward to working with you!