Install a chimney damper to reduce heat loss
A traditional fireplace can be charming, but it can also account for about 14% of the air leakage in your home. You can prevent drafts through your chimney and save money by taking simple energy-saving measures.
Step by step:
- Seal the top. Chimney dampers, which can be opened and closed as needed, prevent drafts by creating an airtight seal in your chimney. Keeping the damper open is like keeping a window wide open during the winter. Be sure to close the damper tightly whenever you are not using the fireplace.
- Seal the edges. Use heat-resistant caulk, which can be found at home improvement stores, to seal the edges of the fireplace.
- Seal the front. Invest in tempered glass doors to prevent the warmed air in your home from escaping up the chimney when you are using your fireplace. Standard-sized doors can be found at hardware stores, and custom doors can be made and installed by a professional.
Go the extra mile: If you never use your fireplace, have the chimney plugged and sealed by an expert. Look for professionals certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America.
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