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Throat Dampers vs. Top-End Dampers

Is your damper giving you some trouble? It may be time to invest in a replacement. A damper keeps your indoor temperatures consistent when your fireplace is not in use, and it opens up to let out smoke and fumes when you have fires lit. As you can see, dampers play a big role when it comes to preventing unwanted downdrafts and encouraging positive airflow, so proper care and maintenance is vital.

There are two main types of dampers a homeowner can invest in. Learn more about these below, then ask the team here at A-1 Chimney Specialist to help you out today. We’re everything you are looking for in a chimney company, and we are ready to meet your every need!

Comparing Your OptionsThroat Dampers Vs Top End Dampers

Most older chimneys are equipped with a throat damper. These models have served homeowners well over the years, and they are known for performing effectively when in good condition. A throat damper is located near the base of your chimney, right above the firebox, and it does a good job when it comes to controlling draft and airflow for your fireplace.

Unfortunately, these units are known to rust or corrode from time to time and getting them fixed over and over again can be a frustrating process. Along with this, they allow for cold air to build up in your chimney, which can make your fire-starting process a bit more of a hassle, as you wait for things to heat up.

If your throat damper is broken down or malfunctioning, we suggest you consider replacing it with a top-end damper. These models perform all the functions of a throat damper, only they are placed at the top of your chimney and they come equipped with a rubber seal, sure to block out cold air better than ever.

An added bonus is that they work alongside your chimney cap to keep animals, water, and excess debris out of your chimney and, since they are installed at the top of your flue, they won’t allow cold air to settle in your chimney, either. Our team is trained, certified, and more than qualified to install yours today, so get it touch with us now if this sounds like a route you’d like to take.

Not Sure What To Do?

If you are uncertain about the condition or placement of your damper, call us today to schedule an inspection, so that we can thoroughly check your system over. We will let you know what you need in terms of repairs and replacement parts, allowing you the opportunity to rest easier when it comes to the health of your chimney this winter.

Peace of mind is a quick phone call away. Talk with our team now!

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