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The Perks Of Installing An Energy Top Damper

Traditional fireplace dampers are like sliding doors within the chimney system and can be opened and closed to accommodate the desired amount of air flow. They allow the homeowner to control the height and intensity of the fire and prevent wind gusts and other draft problems from occurring within the home. They can also be closed to keep conditioned air inside of the home and undesirable temperatures and conditions out.

Unlike traditional dampers, energy top dampers are installed on the top of the chimney flue and are sealed into place. The seal ensures that no air is lost as a result of the installation. Energy top dampers are connected to a cable and a handle, which still allows for easy opening and closing by the homeowner. The placement of an energy top damper gives it an advantage over traditional dampers in that it can completely eradicate the need for a chimney cap.

How Can Energy Top Dampers Replace Chimney Caps?

Like chimney caps, energy top dampers sit atop the chimney, and when closed, can act as a barrier to keep out wind, water, animals, insects, and other debris. If these are not kept out of your chimney system, you can have serious problems.

  • Water – Water damage can significantly shorten the life of the flue and the masonry of your chimney system. When water gets into the brick and mortar or clay, it causes cracks, spalling, efflorescence, and lime-leaching, all of which can completely destroy the chimney structure. If your flue is made of metal, water can cause rust and corrosion which causes inefficiency problems and smoke problems and opens up the possibility for house fires.
  • Animals and Insects – Animals and insects see an uncapped chimney as a safe and sturdy spot to nest. They can be noisy, smelly, and dirty, and can leave behind flammable nesting debris. They can also cause airflow problems and inefficiency within your chimney system.
  • Debris – Like nesting animals and insects, debris that makes its way into your chimney can cause blockages, air flow problems, and inefficiency. Debris can also significantly increase your chance of a house fire.

By installing an energy top damper, you can ensure that your chimney is protected from outside dangers and that your fireplace and chimney system isn’t a source of lost conditioned air. If you are in need of a new chimney cap or damper, you may want to consider having an energy top damper installed. There are so many styles and sizes available – you are bound to find one that suits your taste!

Call Chief Chimney Services, Inc. or click here to schedule an appointment online to have your energy top damper installed, today!


If you are thinking about installing a pre-fabricated fireplace, there is probably a pre-fabricated chimney to go with it to ensure safe and efficient operation. Don’t leave this skilled chimney installation service to the amateurs – call on Chief Chimney Services today.

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