If you are like many homeowners who use their fireplace as a heating source or as a supplemental heating source, then it is important to understand that the overall energy efficiency of your home will be affected by the efficiency of your chimney. A fully functional, clean chimney is typically an efficient chimney. With that said, the professionals here at All Year Chimney Sweeps & Repair want to educate our clients on a few important tips for improving the energy efficiency of your chimney.
- Keep your chimney clean – The overall cleanliness of your chimney plays an important role in the heat and the quality of combustion generated by the logs and wood in your fireplace. When air flow is hampered, a fire cannot reach peak performance. With minimized air flow the logs will not burn out completely causing less heat to be produced and toxins and smoke to get backed up in your living space.
There are a couple of things that can obstruct the air flow beginning with the accumulation of soot and creosote. When these elements build up in a chimney, they impede the air flow. In addition, birds nests, leaves and other debris can also create obstructions. For these reasons, an annual chimney sweep is essential to keeping your chimney and your fireplace functioning at high efficiency levels.
- Give focus to other problems with air flow – In addition to obstructions and blockages in your chimney, a reduced source of interior air needed to create a draft can contribute to an inefficiently operating fireplace. Since a chimney has no exhaust device, they must operate primarily on warm air rising. In order for air within the firebox to properly rise, you must have a sufficient source of air that is being drawn into the firebox.
If you have a home that is near to air tight, you are apt to experience many drafting issues with your home’s chimney. To resolve this problem, simply open one or two windows slightly in order to generate a small amount of air in your home. Further, when using your fireplace, you might want to limit the use of such appliances as kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans and clothes dryers with exhaust fans as well. These tend to cause a great deal of problems with the air pressure inside of your home and ultimately create fireplace backdrafts.
- Be attentive when your fireplace is not in use – When you are not using your fireplace, energy efficiency within your living space can be easily compromised. To resolve this potential problem make sure that the damper is closed and tightly sealed when there is no fire burning. You may want to think about insulating your chimney in your efforts to prevent interior heat loss as well. As a matter of information, cold chimney masonry transfers cold to the interior of the chimney and eventually into your living space. For this reason, many homeowners invest in tempered glass doors for their fireplaces, which also prevent any loss of interior heat.
Everybody loves a fireplace. That is why the folks here at All Year Chimney Sweeps & Repair want to ensure that you apply these simple tips to maximize the air flow to your chimney and fireplace. Further, these simple tips will help ensure that there is sufficient air flow to allow your fireplace to draft properly.
If your fireplace is not performing at peak levels, then surely you have come to the right place. Our highly skilled and trained technicians can help you to increase the overall performance of your fireplace. Further, our team can add to your energy savings with our top-rated cleaning, inspection, maintenance and repair services. If you have any questions or concerns, or are in need of a chimney sweep or inspection, then we are the team for you. Simply give a shout out to our professionals and schedule your chimney sweep and inspection today. We look forward to serving you and to increasing the energy efficiency in your home. Don’t delay. Contact our team today!!