The damper is one of the most important components of your fireplace. The damper stops the warm air from inside your home from escaping through the chimney to the outside environment. If your damper is open or leaks, you might as well be throwing money out the window with what you are wasting in heating costs. In most cases, a homeowner will see a return on his or her investment, in having their damper replaced within 2 heating seasons.
A full sealing and functional damper is a must
Your fireplace damper is located just above the firebox in most masonry chimneys. The damper is meant to seal the fireplace shut when you are not using it. Most fireplace dampers are made of metal and seal against metal which will eventually allow warm air from inside your home to leak. The metal plates that make up your damper warp due to expansion and contraction from heating and cooling by your fireplace, due to the warping this metal to metal seal worsens, allowing an increase in the volume of warm air leaked from your home, in turn resulting in your heating system having to work harder to keep you warm which will cost you more in dollars spent on fuel annually.
Our chimney experts use only the finest products with respect to fireplace dampers. As technology advances, American Chimney Service likes to consider itself at the forefront of exploring the use of new materials which can help decrease the wear of your fireplace damper which will, in turn, increase the efficiency of your home. Greener pastures are within reach as long as we work together and use the tools that are accessible to us.