Benefits of a Top Sealing Damper

Ever wonder what it is that keeps the cold air from rushing into your home through your chimney on a cold winter day? Maybe even what keeps the air conditioned air from leaving your home on a hot summer day? The answer to that question is the damper in your chimney. According to Homesaver, the damper is usually located in the throat of your masonry chimney, right above the firebox.

Benefits of a Top Sealing Damper Image - Aurora IL - Pozzi Chimney SweepIt actually does two things:

  • It stops the cold air from coming down your chimney, when you’re not using your fireplace.
  • Also, it stops the heated or cold air in your home from exiting through the chimney.

Is your damper is open when it’s not supposed to be? If so, you could be adding hundreds of dollars a year to your heating and cooling costs!

How Your Damper System Breaks Down

Over time, your damper is susceptible to wear and tear, just like anything else you own. Even in the process of simply opening and closing your damper during fireplace season makes it less effective. Also, when this little metal piece is exposed to precipitation or the moist air in smoke, it can rust. This will make it harder to open and close. Exposure to heat and ashes can also cause problems with the damper over time, causing to to become warped or sticky.

The reason your damper system works is because there is a tight seal between the damper and the chimney. So, if this little mechanism gets warped or rusted, that seal is going to be compromised. Unfortunately, this can cause you to pay higher heating and cooling bills. Also, some dampers are made of steel or cast iron. These materials make it more difficult for a tight seal to be formed as well.

Top Sealing Dampers

Does all this talk makes it seem as though there’s no way to avoid a higher heating and cooling bill? Well, that assumption is wrong! Just look into the idea of buying a top sealing damper. A top sealing damper fits on top of your chimney rather than being inside the chimney. In addition, it has a rubber gasket that seals it to the opening of your chimney when it is in the down position. This assures that you will always have a tight seal; so the cool air from your house (in the summer) or the cold air from outside (in the winter) will not be allowed to go where it shouldn’t be going. Plus, this type of damper has a cable attached that hangs down within easy reach, so it’s easy to operate from inside your home. It’s a simple idea that can save you lots of money!

Call Pozzi Chimney Sweep

Are you tired of paying higher heating and cooling bills because of faulty dampers? Then consider giving Pozzi Chimney Sweep a call. They will be able to determine whether a top sealing damper is right for your chimney system, and their friendly professionals will help you find just what you need to kiss those high electric bills good-bye!