Is your fireplace damper open or closed??

With summer time just get ready to start thinking about your fireplace is the LAST thing you are doing this time of year.

More likely you’re thinking about grilling, going to the beach and other fun summer stuff so why are we talking about the fireplace again??

Well something we see with too much frequently is the damper is left open after the last fire of the season or, in some cases, left open during entire heating season.

How can you tell if your damper is open or closed and why knowing is important?

in the picture above you see an open masonry chimney damper and the picture below shows it closed.

Just a bit of FYI.. if you home is 2 story and you leave the damper open and don’t have glass doors the flow through the damper, and this is with fireplace at room temp, can be over 500 feet per Minute.  The means all the heated air in your home, especially the lower part, can be dumped outside every 4-5 hrs.

Now if you have glass doors and they are closed that number is much smaller.

Some folks have commented about how the room with the fireplace as always cold or had cold drafts and sure enough they had not checked the damper and it was open.

Now if you have a warm/hot fireplace the number up the flue is higher by a factor of 3.

I tell folks to get the damper closed soon as possible after a fire. With most dampers you can adjust the handle to where it not open as much. This is not true for every fireplace some, especially pre-fab type, the damper is either open or closed.. no middle ground.

Give yours a check to see open or closed it can help save money during winter keeping it closed when not in use.

.. have a good summer and see you in the future.

Don’t forget we do gas log repairs adn service for you.

 

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