There’s nothing better than spending a cold wintry night in front of a nice warm fire. However, if smoke starts pouring into your home after you light your fire, it can ruin your night. A defective damper can cause all sorts of airflow issues in your chimney system. If your damper isn’t opening, it will block air and smoke from leaving your fireplace, and back into your home. If your damper is leaking, you could be throwing money away due to increased energy costs. Your damper is one of the most vital components of your chimney system and if you think that your damper isn’t working properly, we here at TN Fireplace and Chimney offer damper repair and replacement services.

Why is your damper so important?ground view up to chimney

Your damper controls the airflow coming in and out of your chimney. Dampers consist of a flap that is pulled open with a chain or lever. When your fireplace is in use you want to open your damper to allow hot air and smoke to leave your home through your chimney. When you are done using your fireplace, you want to close your damper to prevent air from leaving your home through your chimney. Traditionally, dampers consist of a frame covered by an iron flap that sits right above your fireplace. These type of dampers are called throat dampers. This kind of dampers function pretty well, but since they block air at the chimney’s throat, the rest of your chimney is susceptible to cold air which can cool your home down, raising heating costs. Throat dampers also do not protect your chimney opening from debris, moisture, and animal intrusion.

Other damper options

At TN Fireplace and Chimney, we only offer the best services and products for your chimney. This is why we offer Lock-Top and Lyemance top-sealing dampers. Top-sealing dampers seal your chimney off at its opening, instead of its throat. Both of these brands are easy to operate and can help you save big money by stopping air leaks and keeping your chimney closer to your home’s ambient temperature. Since they close at the top, they also protect your home from animals, moisture, and debris from falling in your chimney.

We can help you!

Whether you have an older throat damper that needs repair, or want a brand new energy- efficient top-sealing damper installed, we can help you! We have Knoxville’s only CSIA certified chimney technicians so call TN Fireplace & Chimney at (865) 922-2262 or schedule an appointment with a technician online with today. We look forward to helping you save on energy costs and protecting your chimney today!