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The Benefits of Energy Efficient Top Dampers

When it comes to evaluating how well a fireplace can heat your home, efficiency is often the name of the game. While adding fireplace doors, using a fan, or even installing a new fireplace insert can help improve efficiency. However, one of the best – and most overlooked – ways to help make your fireplace more energy efficient is by installing a top sealing damper!

Throat dampers vs top sealing dampers

damper humorMost fireplaces have a throat damper. This kind of damper is in the “throat” of the chimney; it is a metal plate that separates the firebox from the rest of the flue. Throat dampers are opened and closed using a chain or lever when the fireplace is in use. The rest of the flue is open to the outside even when a throat damper is closed. This is to keep animals, moisture, and debris out of your chimney flue.

Top sealing dampers serve the same purpose as a traditional throat damper, but they do it in a different way. Instead of sitting in the throat of the chimney, top sealing dampers are installed on the top of the chimney structure in place of the chimney cap. This seals the entire flue off from outside. It works to protect the inside of your chimney from moisture, animal entry, and debris.

Benefits of top sealing dampers

A top sealing damper might seem like an unnecessary upgrade for your fireplace system. However, it helps to improve fireplace performance – as well as increase the safety and efficiency of your fireplace. The following are three benefits of installing a new top sealing damper.

  1. Increased energy efficiency – Traditional throat dampers leave the flue open to the outside world. In many homes, this affect the air temperature in rooms surrounding the chimney. Rooms near the chimney is colder in winter or hotter in summer as the flue is open to the outside. Installing a top sealing damper seals off the entire chimney and your home to the outside world. This helps to lower heating and cooling costs as HVAC systems run less.
  2. Improve safety – Top sealing dampers reduce the risk of moisture, debris, and animals getting inside your chimney. This is especially helpful in areas with lots of trees or nesting animals. A top sealing damper prevents leaves and branches – or animals wanting to nest – from entering your chimney. Even small blockages of debris in the flue can increase the risk of accidental chimney fire, prevent proper venting, or cause backups of smoke and gas such as carbon monoxide in the home.
  3. Start fires easier in the winter – When the air temperature outside differs significantly from the temperature in your home, it can be difficult to start a fire. If the air in the flue is too cold when starting a fire, smoke and gas can blow back into your home instead of venting up and out of the chimney. Top sealing dampers help regulate the air temperature in the flue by sealing it off from the outside; this helps make it easier to start fires in the winter!

Top sealing dampers decrease your energy bills and increase the safety and efficiency of your fireplace system! What a wonderful invention! For more information about installing a top sealing damper in your home, contact Clean Sweeps of Michigan today!

Say Goodbye to Hearth Stains with Paint N Peel

Fireplaces can add charm and character to any home; many older or historic houses have beautiful, stately fireplaces that are the focal points of the home. However, dirty or discolored masonry can turn a focal point into an eyesore.

Many times, stained masonry does not reflect problems with fireplace performance or efficiency. Despite this, dirty interior masonry can affect how homeowners feel about – and how often they use – their fireplace.

Cleaning fireplace masonry used to involve hours of scrubbing with harsh chemicals. Now, homeowners have an alternative with Chimney Saver Paint “N” Peel fireplace cleaner. This fast and easy to use product can help restore original masonry in less time – and with less elbow grease.

How Paint “N” Peel worksSay goodbye to stained fireplaces with Paint N Peel

The Paint “N” Peel  process is easy and involves minimal disruption to your day to day life. The fireplace technician begins by applying a thick coat of Paint “N” Peel using special brushes. After application, it is left to cure and dry for 6-12 hours.

Because harsh chemicals and solvents are not used in Paint “N” Peel, there is no need to worry about leaving your home or avoiding the living room or hearth room after it has been applied. The product is environmentally friendly and has no unpleasant odor; this allows you to go about your normal routine without the air quality being affected.

As Paint “N” Peel dries, it forms a thick film. This can be easily peeled away from the brick after the product has completely cured. As it is peeled away it takes away years of staining from smoke, ash, and soot, leaving behind masonry that is restored to its former beauty. While mostly used on interior masonry, Paint “N” Peel can also be used on chimney exteriors as well as other masonry structures.

What sets Paint “N” Peel apart

Removing stains from masonry used to involve buckets of harsh chemicals, hours of scrubbing, or being forced to paint over the original bricks. Harsh solvents often affect the air quality in your home; many need hours of setting time, require windows and doors to be opened to increase airflow, or leave behind lingering odors that affect air quality. Likewise, painting over the brick cannot be undone; while this covers the staining, paint also permanently alters the original brick.

Many homeowners try to clean exterior masonry using a power washer. While this is often able to remove stains, it can cause significant damage to the masonry. The combination of water pressure and moisture can cause cracks and holes to form in the masonry, leading to potential long-term damage. Paint “N” Peel is an easy to use, non-damaging alternative to other masonry cleaning methods.

If the masonry of your fireplace is stained, there are alternatives to painting the brick or resorting to caustic cleaners. For more information on how Paint “N” Peel can remove stains from your fireplace or chimney, contact Clean Sweeps of Michigan today.

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