Nothing warms the soul like a good fire on a cool evening. Many folks who have a fireplace use it to heat their home, in addition to providing a warm, cozy atmosphere. This should offer the homeowner some savings in electricity or gas, depending on the home heating system. But you could be wasting a lot of energy and not even know it. These simple tips will help you keep your chimney energy efficient year-round.
- Install a top sealing damper. During hot summer months, the seal acts like a storm door, keeping your air-conditioned air inside, and the hot outside air, outside. During winter months, it keeps your warm air from escaping (remember hot air rises!) when you are not burning a fire. If you already have a damper, have the seals checked once a year.
- Insulate your chimney. Liners provide the maximum efficiency for your chimney and protect masonry from the gasses being expelled through the flue. A properly insulated chimney will prevent heat from escaping through the masonry of the fireplace and improve your efficiency.
- Once you start the burning season, remember to close the damper unless you have a fire burning. An open damper causes drafts and pulls the heat out of the room.
- If you never use your chimney, have it sealed by a professional.
- Get your chimney inspected once a year by a certified chimney sweep. Chim Chimney is certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America.
As soon as it turns cool, people will start lighting fires and discover issues that have been dormant over the summer months. This can create delays in getting your fireplace serviced properly, but you can inspect now and know you are prepared! Call us today to have your chimney inspected and be ready for the winter months ahead.