Your chimney cap is installed at the top of the chimney. As the first defense against water intrusion from the elements, it also offers other benefits that homeowners are unaware of. The chimney cap is often wrongfully overlooked and discarded. It prevents damage, saves you money, and improves the efficiency of the chimney system.
Chimney Caps Keep Water Out
Without a cap, water has direct access into the chimney system from the top. Not only is the masonry affected by water, but water intrusion in general brings down the overall efficiency of the chimney. When the efficiency goes down, the fire risk goes up. Water in the winter can also lead to serious masonry damage because of the freeze/thaw cycle that causes it to expand, breaking apart masonry. This winter damage leads to spalling and eventually deterioration and crumbling of the masonry.
Chimney Caps Keep Animals Out
Whatever can climb onto your roof can also climb into your chimney. Small animals like chipmunks and large animals like raccoons can climb into your chimney and make a home. They will leave fur, droppings, and debris behind that is flammable. They can also suffocate and die inside your chimney leaving behind a foul-smelling carcass that not only permeates your house, but also obstructs airflow completely. If the animals do manage to escape the chimney, they will do so by using their claws, scratching the liner, creating a weakness that will become a hazard. Some animals, such as chimney swifts, are federally-protected, so it is illegal to remove them, or to light a fire while they are nesting. These rowdy little birds will nest in your chimney for 90 days before they disappear for the year. They’ll come back again if you don’t get a cap!
Chimney Caps Keep Wind Out
Depending on the model you buy, your cap can keep wind from blowing down the chimney. Without a cap, wind can blow down the flue and prevent you from lighting or maintaining your fire. Cold winds blowing into the chimney can also cause cold drafts that cause extra spending on utility bills.
Your New Chimney Cap
You can have a new chimney cap installed that will save you money in the long run. It will prevent damages from the top down, including water penetration, animal intrusion, and possible fire. Caps will also save you in resources when your fire burns hot and keeps the cold winds out. The benefits definitely make the cap worth the bother, but there is an even better option.
The Top Mount Damper
Industrial advancements have led to some great chimney improvements over the year. Now homeowners can save money by installing one device that doubles as a cap and a damper with the top mount damper. With this installation, you not only have the full function of a cap, but it doubles as a damper that is also called the energy saving damper. The top mount damper closes with a tight seal that doesn’t let any air or water in, closing the system from the top. This damper/cap combo saves homeowners thousands in utilities since no conditioned or heated air escapes through the chimney the way it does with a throat damper. It is easy to install and use, and offers all of the benefits of a standard cap, and more.
If you are in need of a chimney cap or a damper repair, consider the top mount damper and you won’t be sorry. Ask an Anderson’s Chimney professional today. Call (717) 975-3526 today.