For The Best In Protection & Energy Savings, Choose A Lock-Top Damper

Is keeping cold air from coming down into your home through the chimney an ongoing battle? Has a broken damper made enjoying a smoke-free fire impossible? We’ve had the privilege or helping alleviate these problems for many of our neighbors in Chicago, Crystal Lake, Evanston, Woodstock, and the surrounding areas by installing a lock-top damper.

Locktop Dampers

Like a traditional throat damper that you open and close with a lever or chain, a lock-top damper is designed to close the flue when you want to keep outside air outside and open up the flue so that smoke and byproducts can exit when you have a fire going. But unlike traditional throat dampers, lock-top dampers sit at the top of the flue, like a chimney cap. Worried their location will pose a challenge and make opening and closing your damper difficult? Don’t be! Lock-top dampers are still easy to use – simply pull the chain or lever just inside your firebox to open and close the flue.

Lock-Top VS Throat Dampers – Which Is Better?

Wondering what the big benefits of lock-top dampers are and why are they favored over throat-dampers today?

  • First things first, they offer greater protection to the chimney system. Because they close off the flue at the top of the chimney, lock-top dampers prevent water, animals, birds, and debris from accessing the flue.
  • Secondly, lock-top dampers provide a better seal than throat dampers, which means they are more effective at keeping outside air out and offer more energy savings.
  • Third, lock-top dampers serve two functions – they act as both dampers and chimney caps, which means you’ll only need to invest in one.

Ready To Start Saving? Call Jiminy Chimney!

If your throat damper is broken, rusted, or simply needs to be replaced, or if you’re looking to cut down on energy waste and reduce drafts and conditioned air loss, give us a call at 847-893-0063! We can attest to the many benefits of a lock-top damper and answer any questions you may have about how these long-lasting and effective components work.

Ready to schedule an appointment to have a lock-top damper installed atop your chimney? Call or fill out our online appointment request form today and we’ll get a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified technician out to your home ASAP.

 

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