Many homeowners are familiar with the chimney’s “damper”, but most think of the traditional “throat damper.” Throat dampers were so named because of where they dwell in the chimney system, which is just above the firebox in the throat of the chimney system.
Although these dampers can last for years when well-cared for, they’re made of metal and aren’t incredibly energy efficient. They can also easily rust into place and become a real pain to operate. That’s why many homeowners are now opting to replace these old throat dampers with new energy-top dampers.
An energy-top damper is a damper that is placed at the top of the flue, as opposed to in the throat of the system. Unlike metal throat dampers, energy-top dampers provide a quality seal (to prevent drafts and conditioned air loss), and protect the chimney flue from intrusion (animals, water, birds, insects, debris), much like a chimney cap. In fact, energy-top dampers can do the job of both the damper and the cap (when closed).
HOW DO THEY LOOK?
Energy-top dampers come in a variety of sizes and styles, and when closed, they’re hardly visible from the street. This streamlined appearance makes energy-top dampers particularly appealing to the homeowner looking for efficiency and protection without affecting the overall appearance of their home.
HOW DO I OPEN & CLOSE MY ENERGY-TOP DAMPER?
Like a throat damper, your energy-top damper can be conveniently opened and closed by simply pulling a chain or handle. Operating your new energy-top damper is as easy as pie, and you’ll enjoy added efficiency and lower energy bills!
WE’LL HELP YOU DECIDE IF AN ENERGY-TOP DAMPER IS RIGHT FOR YOU!
If you’re 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’ll take a look at your system and help you determine if an energy-top damper is the solution you’ve been seeking. Schedule your appointment today by calling today! We look forward to empowering you to make the right choice for your home and family!
No matter what is blocking your chimney, it is a safety hazard that should be removed immediately. Keeping up with annual chimney inspections and sweepings enables you to enjoy the warmth and ambiance that your fireplace brings, without worrying about the dangers of a fire. Let SirVent give you the peace of mind you’re looking for.
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