You may think your fireplace is already saving you money. If you have your own source for seasoned cord wood, then you are definitely saving money, however there are ways to save even more money this winter. For instance, to get the most out of your fireplace and chimney system and your wood supply, you should strive for the most efficient way to operate your system. Something as minor as a missing chimney cap can lower efficiency. Even a household appliance competing with the chimney’s updraft can lower efficiency. With a complicated system like the chimney you can save money in a simple way by purchasing a top-sealing damper.
The Top-Sealing Damper
The top-sealing damper works for you. It serves the same purpose as the regular damper assembly that is usually installed at the base of the chimney flue or top of the fireplace or appliance. This system, however, is installed at the top of the chimney, protecting the entire system from the top. They’re particularly desirable when an old damper needs replaced because they’re cheaper to install. They also have a tighter seal than a metal-to-metal damper because they close tightly with a rubber gasket. This especially protects your chimney system from the elements serving as a chimney cap, keeping water, weather, and debris out of the top of your chimney flue.
Many homeowners enjoy the convenience of a top-sealing damper during the off-season as much as they do during the on-season. A top-sealing damper can prevent wet, spring weather and humidity from penetrating the chimney during the off-season. This prevents a draft from coming into the chimney and keeps the home from losing conditioned air during the summer. A top-sealing damper can also protect against animals nesting in the chimney flue during the nesting periods of the spring season.
Is an Energy-Saving Damper Right for You?
A top-sealing damper is only compatible with wood-burning stoves, fireplaces, and inserts. A certified chimney sweep knows a top-sealing damper should only be applied to a wood-burning system, and you should only hire a certified sweep who is licensed and insured to work on your chimney. A Chimney Solutions technician can assess your old, or damaged damper swiftly, and install a top-sealing damper in one visit.
- Sudden drafts or cold bursts of air
- Moisture problems
- Mildew smells in the chimney and fireplace
- Smoke problems
- Conditioned air loss
Even if you’re not certain, a chimney professional can advise you according to your needs and get you back to working order in no time. It’s always important to call a professional if you have noticed a decline in efficiency. A decline in efficiency almost certainly means a problem in your chimney system. Let a Chimney Solutions chimney sweep be your solution.
You can call Chimney Solutions of Indiana at 317-757-6979 or start your appointment online today. We’re proud to serve Indianapolis for all chimney and fireplace needs with the highest levels of professionalism and customer service. From a basic chimney cleaning to a full chimney restoration, we’re here to help!