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Save Money With a Top Damper

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Many chimneys today are equipped with throat dampers from ages ago. Most masonry chimneys and fire appliances utilize throat dampersTop-Mounted Dampers - Chesapeake VA which open and close the airway from the fire to the flue. This is an essential part of the chimney system and without it, the fire can be difficult to light and maintain, drafts can cause conditioned and heated air waste when the fireplace is not in use and can cause smoky fires when it becomes stuck. If you suspect problems with your damper, it’s important to call a professional right away. Do not use your fireplace if your damper is not working properly. This is unsafe for your family and puts your home at risk.

Throat Dampers Waste Money

A damaged or aged throat damper may waste a significant amount of money throughout the year, but the fact is that you’re wasting money even when the throat damper works properly. The standard throat damper is made of metal and the seal is not airtight, allowing drafts to affect temperatures inside the house. You may be losing up to 75 percent of your heated or conditioned air up the chimney, especially if your damper is damaged. You can start saving money right now by installing a top damper.

Energy Saving Dampers

Top mount dampers are also called energy saving dampers because they do the job of the damper while also saving energy, thereby saving money. The top damper is installed on top of the flue and doubles as a chimney cap, keeping animals, water, and other weather out of the flue system. The protection of a chimney cap prevents future damage caused by weather and animal intrusion. The top mount damper takes it one step further, protecting your flue from the top down with an airtight seal. While standard throat dampers take on damage from high temperatures, humidity, soot and creosote buildup, and more, the top mount damper lasts long and protects just as long.

How it works

Installed at the top of the chimney flue, the top mount damper is engaged by a cord that reaches from the damper to the fireplace opening. With the pull of a cord, the damper closes with an airtight seal. When open, the damper acts as a chimney cap, with a roof and a mesh barrier to deter animals and prevent sparks from escaping. When the fireplace is in use the damper must stay open at all times. When the fire is out, the damper can be closed, shutting off the system to the outside completely. No water, weather, or animals can get in when it’s closed. Humidity will not affect the flue, air will not come in or go out, and exterior factors such as wildfire smoke will not be allowed in either. The top mount damper is ideal for chimneys that have a damaged throat damper or damaged chimney cap. They’re easy to install and maintain, and can be easily replaced if necessary.

Magic Sweep installs top mount dampers for homeowners in the Hampton Roads and Tidewater areas. We also complete work for realtors and property managers. Call Magic Sweep to find out how we can save you money with a top damper today.

Call 757-523-2400 today.