Did you know that there are different types of dampers out there, and that each of them have a different impact on the overall abilities of your chimney? Chances are you just know how to open and close your damper when your fireplace is not in use. That is all most homeowners know how to do, if they even know that much. Nevertheless, having the right damper on your chimney could have a major impact on your heating bills, your chimney repair bills, and the lifespan of your chimney. Do we have your attention now?
Let’s take a look at how different types of dampers impact your chimney.
Throat dampers are probably the most common forms of dampers in chimneys today. They are situated at the bottom of the chimney to regulate air flow. While these dampers are great for insulation purposes, they will not last forever. They will eventually warp and rust, which will make their insulating efforts ineffective. If you have an older chimney with a throat damper, it may be wise to invest in a new one.
Top Mount Dampers
Top mount dampers are situated at the top of the chimney, and they’re great for providing an extra layer of protection from birds. Top mount dampers are preferred by most chimney repair experts because they do not have as much of a chance of warping or rusting. These products can still be subject to damage over time, but they are not as likely to wear down as throat dampers. They are just as easy to control as throat dampers, but they last much longer.
Chimney balloons are the least common options on this list, but they can still act as a damper when the fireplace is not in use. All you have to do is fill it with air when there is no fire going so that the warm air from the home does not escape. When you want to have a fire, simply deflate the balloon and pull it out. This damper solution is a bit more of a hassle than the others, but it works well for temporary situations while your damper or chimney needs repair.
Consider all of your options when investing in a chimney damper, and you will be able to save some money on your heating bills.