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Is Your Chimney Damper Working Properly?

It takes all parts of your chimney, working together, to ensure the entire system runs as efficiently as possible. Every piece plays an important role, and right now we’d like to focus on the job of the damper. When it comes to saving energy and keeping your home at the temperature you want, a tight-sealing damper is key. Learn more below!

Energy Efficient Products

Many homeowners look for ways to save money on their month to month expenditures. One way to lower that energy bill is to ensure your damper has a strong fit and a tight seal so that the air inside your home cannot escape. Whether it’s heated in the wintertime or air conditioning in the summer, you deserve a comfortable atmosphere, without having to break the bank. Let us take a look at your damper today, to ensure everything is in tip-top shape.

One product we highly recommend is an energy top damper. These devices are placed at the top of your chimney or flue so that your home stays warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. With throat dampers, the air from outside sits in your chimney and keeps that area around your fireplace uncomfortable, even with a tight seal blocking it out. Yet, with energy top dampers, outside weather doesn’t stand a chance!

These products also protect against animal entry, downdrafts, and water damage. There really isn’t a better choice! Start saving your dollars today by investing in one of SirVent’s quality energy-top dampers.

Cleaning Out Debris

Another problem homeowners may face is dampers that need some cleaning. If dirt, soot, creosote, and more pile up on top of your damper, it will not operate as well. And if you see water damage and/or rust, then cracks, holes, and other deterioration are soon to come. In this case, you’ll definitely need some repairs done or a replacement damper installed.

First things first, we recommend a thorough sweeping. Getting all of that debris cleared out will give us a solid picture of the situation so that we can take the appropriate steps going forward. Whatever you end up needing repairs or a whole new damper installed, we are certain we can get it taken care of.

SirVent Chimney Can Help

No matter what your issue is, we want to help you resolve it. Our customers deserve the best and, if your system isn’t functioning well, then our staff is ready to address the problems right away! Our staff is CSIA trained and we are sure you won’t find professionals like ours anywhere else. With years of experience under our belts, you know you can trust in us!

Look through our website to see all that we can offer you, then give us a call with any questions. We can’t wait to hear from you soon!

It takes all parts of your chimney, working together, to ensure the entire system runs as efficiently as possible. Every piece plays an important role, and right now we’d like to focus on the job of the damper. When it comes to saving energy and keeping your home at the temperature you want, a tight-sealing damper is key. Learn more below!


Consider Gas Logs For Your Fireplace

Gas Logs Fireplaces Image - Lake Norman NC - SirVent ChimneyWood-burning fireplaces are great for those looking to add a more authentic aesthetic to their home. Yet, the maintenance involved can become quite time-consuming. If you are looking to minimize your workload, while keeping the cozy atmosphere offered by a fireplace, then gas logs may be the best option for you. Check out their many benefits below!

Ease of Operation

Wood-burning options require a lot of work. To start off, you must ensure the fuel is well-seasoned and arranged correctly to help it burn as efficiently as possible. Once lit, you then need to maintain it. When you have reached the end of your evening, it is vital to ensure the fire is completely out before going to bed or leaving the house. All of these steps add up and can take up a lot of time and effort.

Gas logs simply require a switch. You turn the unit on when you want to enjoy a cozy atmosphere, then turn it off whenever you decide you’re through. That means less stress, less hassle, and more time to relax and enjoy your evening.

Better On The Environment

Gas burning options are better for the air we breathe, as they emit less harmful toxins than wood-burning units. This is better for your home and family, as the risk of inhaling dangerous fumes is minimized drastically. It also benefits the environment, as a whole! If you are looking to go green this burning season, gas logs are the right pick for you.

Less Mess, Less Work

While they offer a more classic look and feel to any home, wood-burning options are downright messy at times. If you keep extra logs inside, you will likely need to sweep on a regular basis to ensure your floor stays clean. Yet, outside storage means constantly hauling new logs in from the cold weather. Not only does this constant upkeep disrupt your evening, but it invites all kinds of mud and mess into the home.

If you want to simply enjoy your fireplace, without having to bother with ashes, wood, or the headache involved with keeping a fire going, then you will find it well worthwhile to have gas logs installed as soon as possible.

Call Us Today!

At SirVent Chimney & Venting Service, we know all there is to know about fireplaces and gas appliances. Our staff is trained and certified in inspecting, cleaning, and installing gas units, and we will be more than happy to assist with any fireplace related needs.

We are ready and able to answer any questions or concerns you may have, and we pride ourselves on providing the best services possible. We look forward to helping you make your home the best it can be. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment!

Is Your Chimney Damper Working Properly?

Energy savings are a hot button topic for many homeowners. Surely everyone likes to save money whenever possible! Right? Chimney dampers, for many, are just the way to help with those high heating bills. The main purpose of a damper is to seal the chimney airtight when it’s not in use. Heat rises, and if the chimney isn’t sealed when the fireplace isn’t in use, all of the heat in the house goes up the chimney. Liken this to leaving your door open in the middle of winter. You wouldn’t do that, so why settle for a throat damper (which is made of metal) that doesn’t seal properly, making it less than energy efficient. Dampers are one part of your chimney that you shouldn’t leave to function inadequately.

Energy Top Damper - Lake Norman NC

This clip is courtesy of Richie Baxley at Environmental Chimney Service in Asheville NC.

The Job of an Energy-Top Damper

An energy-top damper is installed at the top of your chimney to seal the flue shut when the fireplace is not in use. They create an almost airtight seal at the top of your chimney and keep energy in your home. The energy-top chimney damper’s design is two-fold: it stops cold air from coming down the flue while at the same time prevents expensive conditioned air from going up. These dampers are usually installed in damper repair situations where the original damper is missing or beyond simple repair. The damper itself keeps critters and rain out very well when the fire is out and in the offseason. Energy-top dampers also keep out most insects (flies, bees, mosquitoes, etc.).

How an Energy Top Damper Functions

These dampers are designed to make your fireplace more energy efficient by sealing the flue at the top rather than at the bottom. Sealing at the top keeps the cold air out and your warm air in and causes an automatic updraft in the flue when opened, meaning you won’t have to warm the flue first. Top sealing dampers are operated by a control mounted in the firebox and connected to the damper itself by a cable or chain. They are often an economical alternative to replacing a rusted out or warped throat damper.

Why Buy an Energy-Top Damper?

Energy-top dampers help you save energy dollars, protect your chimney from damaging water and other elements, prevent animal infiltration, and provide year-round protection for your chimney. When closed, it serves as a chimney cap and the silicone gasket provides a more airtight seal than a metal-to-metal throat damper. These dampers are specifically designed for wood burning masonry fireplace flues and should not be used for other applications.

If you are ready to put an end to cold drafts and stop wasting money on conditioned air that just goes up and out of your chimney, give SirVent a call! We will take a look at your system and help you determine if a top-sealing damper is the solution you have been seeking. Schedule your appointment today by calling or clicking here! We look forward to empowering you to make the right choice for your home and family!