Did you know that a fireplace damper is an important part of keeping your home safe and warm? Fireplace dampers are essential for controlling the flow of air in and out of your chimney. They can help to regulate the temperature in your home, reduce energy costs, and prevent carbon monoxide from entering your living space.
Your chimney’s top is fitted with a top-sealing damper, which closes the flue when the fireplace is not in use. They keep energy inside your house by forming a nearly airtight seal at the top of your chimney. The top sealing chimney damper has a dual purpose in that it stops both the expensively conditioned air from going up and the cold air from coming down the flue. When the original damper cannot be repaired or is damaged beyond repair, top sealing dampers are typically placed as a damper repair solution. When the fire is out and during the off-season, the damper itself does a great job of keeping animals and rain out. Most insects, including flies, bees, mosquitoes, and others, are also kept out of your chimney by top sealing dampers.
A fireplace damper can also be installed in the throat of a chimney and usually consists of a metal plate or louver that can be opened and closed. When it’s open, air from outside flows into the fireplace, and when it’s closed, air from inside is kept in. Fireplace dampers can be manually or automatically operated depending on the model.
Fireplace dampers should be used whenever the fireplace is not in use. This helps to keep warm air inside the house during cooler months and prevents cold drafts from entering during warmer months. It also helps to reduce energy bills because it prevents warm air from escaping up the chimney.