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Why Is A Chimney Damper Important?

Your chimney damper is a simple device that plays a huge role in helping your fireplace run smoothly. It works like a flap that can be opened and closed as needed, and it makes building and maintaining fires a much simpler process. Check out some of the benefits you gain when you have a well-built, proper working damper in your chimney.

Keeps Cold Air Out

A fireplace is great for heating a room, but what about when it is not in use? The chimney provides a smooth path for chilly weather to enter the home, and the last thing anyone wants is a cold draft in their family room. This not only makes for an unpleasant living area, but contributes to high heating and energy bills, as well!

This is where chimney dampers come into play. When your fireplace is not in use, dampers plug up the chimney so no heat escapes through it and no cold air can enter. A good-fitting and clean damper will work effectively to keep winter winds outside of your home where they belong!

Sends Smoke Away

When you decide to light up a fire, you need to make sure all the smoke and other toxins go up and out the chimney, keeping your home and family comfortable and safer. To do this, you simply open the damper and you are good to go! This is another great thing about these devices… While they work hard to keep your home free from cold winds and nasty weather, they can be easily opened to ensure smoke effectively escapes when necessary.

Helps Control Your Fire

Once your fire gets going, a damper is a great tool to utilize when you want to control the intensity of the flame. You can open and close it as needed, so that your fire only receives as much oxygen as you want it to receive. The more oxygen a fire gets, the stronger it will burn… give it less and it will die down a bit. This is why a well-working damper is such a great tool for keeping your fires exactly where you want them to be.

Ventilation Issues?

Are you having some issues with smoke back-up or air flow? No problem! The staff at Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney can help you out. Your damper may be clogged with nasty debris and creosote or maybe it is damaged. No matter the issue, we can inspect your fireplace and resolve any malfunctions.

If you are in need of a new damper, we can do that, too! We can figure out exactly what type of damper you need for your specific type of chimney. Ensuring that it is a strong material and proper fit will make all the difference when it comes to keeping smoke and cold air out.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us today. We look forward to doing business with you!

By Jake Johnson on February 7th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Have Your Chimney’s Damper Inspected

Your chimney has a number of components that work together to keep your fireplace burning safely and efficiently. One chimney component that is used every time you have a fire is the damper. Having your chimney’s damper inspected is important to the overall condition of your chimney system.

What is a damper?Have Your Chimney's Damper Inspected - Evergreen Colorado - Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney

Located at the top of the firebox between the firebox and the flue, metal dampers are designed to seal off the firebox from the flue when the fireplace is not in use. Dampers can be opened and closed using a pulley or lever; opening the damper allows smoke and gas to freely vent up the chimney when the fireplace is in use, while closing the damper prevents conditioned air from escaping up the chimney. While most homes still have throat dampers, more and more homeowners are choosing to upgrade to top mounting dampers.

Why are dampers important?

Dampers are serve important purposes in both the safety and functionality of your fireplace. One of the primary purposes of the damper is to prevent the loss of heated or cooled air up the chimney. Closing the damper when the fireplace is not in use prevents conditioned air from travelling up the chimney, as well as outside air from rushing in and affecting the temperature in your home. In this way, closing the damper when the fireplace is not in use can prevent energy loss and reduce your heating and cooling costs.

Dampers also help protect your fireplace system in the event of chimney leaks or animal entry. When the damper is closed, water from chimney leaks stays in the flue; this protects the delicate refractory tiles of the firebox. Likewise, keeping the damper closed keeps animals out of your firebox – and the rest of your home. Because of this, it is important to keep the damper closed whenever the fireplace is not in use.

Signs your damper may be damaged Have Your Chimney's Damper Inspected - Evergreen CO - Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney

Exposure to heat, damage from water, or years of wear and tear can all cause damage to your damper. The following are signs your damper may need to be repaired or replaced.

  • Broken pulley or lever: The pulley or lever allows you to open and close the damper when the fireplace is in use. If the pulley breaks, the damper remain stuck open or closed.
  • Loss of airtight seal: If you can hear or feel air flowing through the damper even when it is closed, it may have lost its airtight seal. Exposure to heat or the elements can warp the metal of the damper and break its seal.
  • Rust on the damper: Rust or oxidization of the damper is caused by exposure to moisture. Because of the location of the damper, the presence of rust is indicative of a chimney leak.

Your chimney’s damper does more than just help smoke safely vent during fires. Because of this, it is important to have it regularly inspected for signs of damage. To schedule an appointment to have your damper inspected, contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today.

By Jake Johnson on May 9th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment