Throat dampers are pretty common and most homeowners – even those who don’t have a fireplace – are familiar with them. They are part of the fireplace, rather than the chimney, and work by keeping the chimney closed off at the bottom, keeping the house warm by shutting out the cold air in the chimney. But while throat dampers are quite ubiquitous, this doesn’t mean that they are your only option.
The Trouble with Traditional Throat Dampers
Don’t get us wrong – throat dampers are great and do a decent job of preventing conditioned house air from escaping through the flue when you’re not using the fireplace, however, they do have their flaws. The metal on metal design can allow air to seep around the edges of the damper flap. On cold days, that allows warm air from your home to escape.
Throat dampers can also make your interior space feel drafty when cold air blows down your chimney and make it through the edges of the damper. Over time, a throat damper tends to warp due to the extreme heat, affecting its performance.
Top-Sealing Chimney Dampers
If you want something that’s more efficient and durable, then top-sealing chimney dampers are definitely the way to go. They are installed at the top of the chimney flue opening and feature a rubber gasket around the edges which forms a complete seal when the damper is closed. This design prevents warm air from rising out through your chimney and also prevents moisture, cold air, as well as animals from finding their way into your chimney.
Whether you need your chimney repaired or are looking for professionals to do a thorough cleaning, you can count on Batts’ Chimney Services for a superior job. To schedule an appointment, feel welcome to give us a call at (205) 956-8207 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate today.