When all the parts inside your home are functioning properly, your home is happier and more enjoyable. One of these components is the chimney, and a faulty or missing chimney part like the damper affects your home in a variety of ways. Luckily, the team at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service of Lexington, KY has professionally trained and certified chimney technicians ready to help with any of your chimney needs! Read below to learn more about dampers and their impact on your home, then give us a call if you are facing an issue.

What is a Chimney Damper?

chimney and rooms in home diagramThe damper serves an important role in your chimney system by sealing off the flue when your fireplace is not in use. Dampers keep moisture, animals, and other various debris out of your system. The two types of dampers are throat dampers and top sealing dampers. The throat damper is more traditional and common, and its location is in the chimney right above the firebox. However, they are inefficient and get damaged easily, leading more homeowners to opt for the top sealing models.

At SirVent, we love top sealing dampers. As their name implies, we install them at the top of your chimney system. They also double as a chimney cap too, doing the job of a damper and chimney cap. The two top sealing models we install are Lock-Top Dampers and National Chimney’s Premier Damper Caps. Lock-Top Dampers are made of stainless steel and silicone rubber gaskets, making them very durable and easy to operate. National Chimney’s Premier Damper Caps are a bit larger than Lock-Top models and feature an insulated lid custom fitted to your flue.

Why Are Dampers Important?

Dampers are not only important to your chimney but your entire home as well. If they are damaged or missing entirely, they can cause a variety of problems. For example, an inefficient or damaged damper allows heated or cooled air from your HVAC system to exit your home. If air is escaping, your HVAC system must work harder to heat and cool your home, which leads to an increase in your energy bills.

A damaged damper also allows animals and debris to enter your flue and home. The buildup of these materials in the flue is a significant fire hazard and leads to a costly removal process. Additionally, they can allow rainwater into your home, which leads to a leak or water damage. Finally, they allow smoke to enter your home while you operate your fireplace if you have a damper that is not working properly.

Schedule an Appointment With SirVent Lexington Today!

Trust the professionals at SirVent to handle your damper installation or maintenance in the Lexington area! Give us a call or schedule an appointment online today!