Energy Saving Dampers
Get More Bang For Your Buck With An Energy-Saving Damper!
The damper is a chimney component designed to seal off the flue when the fireplace or connected appliance is not being used. For years, the only damper option was a throat damper, a metal damper that seals off the flue at the bottom (just above the fireplace). Although these can be quite effective and long-lasting, they can sometimes rust into place or become damaged, making enjoying a fire virtually impossible. When this happens, repair or replacement can be rather difficult.
Today, when a damper is no longer effective, we have the option of installing an energy-saving damper, which provides an air-tight seal at the top of the flue. Because of its location, it protects the flue from moisture, animals, and debris at the start– much like a chimney cap. And since the seal is rubberized as opposed to metal, an energy-saving damper will do a much better job of keeping outside air out and inside air in than a traditional throat damper would.
Common Problems Associated With A Damaged Chimney Damper
Is your damper still effectively doing its job? Without a quality damper, the fireside experience can quickly go from enjoyable to awful. But damper-related problems don’t only present themselves when the fireplace is in use — some common chimney issues attributed to a faulty or damaged damper include these:
Sudden drafts or cold bursts of air
Air Conditioner problems