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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

Consider Installing A Top Sealing Damper

Your chimney’s components each have a unique role in keeping the fireplace burning safely and efficiently. However, many chimney and fireplace components have changed little in the last century. One advancement in the industry that is improving efficiency and changing chimneys is the top sealing damper.

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Traditional dampers, also known as throat dampers, sit at the top of the firebox and separate the firebox from the rest of the chimney structure. The chimney is then open to outside air while the top of the flue is protected from the elements by a chimney cap.

Top sealing dampers are installed on top of the chimney. This seals the entire flue off from outside air and the elements. The damper is still opened and closed using a lever or pulley when the fireplace is in use. Top sealing dampers have grown in popularity because of their functionality, safety, and ability to improve efficiency.

Do I still need a chimney cap if I have a top sealing damper?

If you decide to install a top sealing damper, your chimney will no longer need a chimney cap. Because of the location of the top sealing damper, it acts in the same was as a chimney cap when it is closed, keeping moisture, debris, and animals out of the chimney by forming an airtight seal around the top of the flue.

The top sealing damper can be easily opened before a fire is started in the firebox; when the damper is open, the solid top protects against downdrafts and moisture getting into the chimney. Likewise, as a top sealing damper is only opened when the fireplace is in use the smoke, gas, and heat coming up the chimney act as a natural deterrent against animal entry.

How can my top sealing damper be more efficient?

Although they have similar functions not all dampers are created equal. Top sealing dampers differ from traditional throat dampers in that they can save you money on your heating and cooling bills; while they may not make your fireplace itself more efficient, they can prevent outside air from affecting the temperature inside your home.

While throat dampers seal off the firebox, the flue is left open to outside air; this means that the air inside the chimney is subject to the same temperature changes as the outside air. The fluctuating air temperature inside the chimney can affect the temperature in surrounding rooms. This causes the HVAC system to work harder and run longer to keep your home at a constant temperature.

Top sealing dampers can help minimize fluctuations in temperature inside your home; this means that your HVAC system can run less – and save you money on heating and cooling bills. Because the entire flue is sealed off from outside air, the air inside the chimney is less prone to temperature fluctuations. Likewise, keeping air inside the chimney at a constant temperature may make lighting fires easier.

Top sealing dampers are effective, easy to use, and can even save you money on your energy bill each month. For more information on top sealing dampers, contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today!

By Jake Johnson on July 13th, 2016 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment