Don’t Go Through Summer Without a Top-Sealing Damper

Spring may be a little late making its appearance this year, but it’s finally here. Before you know it, it will be summer, and you won’t even think about lighting a fire. You’ll most likely shut down your fireplace for the summer and crank up your air conditioning system. However, your chimney may be costing you money this summer without you even knowing!

Why Choose a Top-Sealing Damper

Don't Go Through Summer Without a Top-Sealing Damper - Burlington VT - BricklinersA standard throat-damper will work to open and close the flue, while helping your fire light and burn, while keeping animals out of the chimney system. However, a top-sealing damper goes further than that. The benefits of having a top-sealing damper include:
  • Usually, they are installed at the top of the flue, acting as both a damper and a chimney cap.
  • They close the flue from the top-down, preventing debris, animal intrusion, water penetration, and even preventing humid summer air from entering.
  • Top-Sealing Dampers have an airtight seal that prevents any airflow from entering or leaving the chimney system.

Top-Sealing Dampers Save You Money

During the winter, you may lose up to 75 percent of heated air out your chimney. This results in higher bills and also leave you drafts in your home. During the summer, the same thing happens with your cool air. Not only will the cool air escape and then causing warm air to enter, but the extra draft will disrupt the flow of your central air and heating system, lowering efficiency and costing you more money.

One of the most common complaint chimney sweeps get is a stinky chimney and fireplace. This is a common issue in the summer because the air trapped inside the chimney is being drawn back down. When you install a top-sealing damper, it will improve the odors coming from your fireplace. If your chimney persist to stink after installing a top-sealing damper, then it’s a good idea to schedule a routine chimney sweep to clean the soot and creosote out.

Call us to Install your Top-Sealing Dampers

Your top-sealing damper will still work as a damper. You must open it while a fire is being lit and burning, and you can close it after the fire is completely out. Once closed, no air will escape, so it is unsafe to close it while there is still a fire. You can engage and disengage the damper with a cord that reaches from the top of the flue all the way to the hearth. Schedule an appointment with Brickliners, and our chimney experts can have your top-sealing damper installed and working for you before the rainy season is in full-swing right now. Call 802-872-0123 or schedule an appointment online.

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