Lighting a fire is one of life’s simple pleasures during this time of the year. Now that your chimney has received its annual sweeping, you’ve found yourself looking forward to cozy nights around the fire. But a poor chimney draft can get in the way of your enjoyment of the fireplace. Today, we’d like to show how chimney caps might solve your issues with chimney draft.
Defining Chimney Draft
When you first hear the term ‘chimney draft,’ the first thing to come to mind is probably cold air emanating from your fireplace during the winter months. That’s not what we’re referring to today, but it is a problem we will address at another time.
The truth is that a properly drafting chimney is a good thing. Your chimney’s job is to direct noxious gases and smoke out of your home. In other words, your chimney draws air. It might help you to remember that ‘draft’ is related to the word ‘draw’ in this context.
If your chimney draft has some issues, you’ll know. You will find that smoke and gases flow into your home as opposed to out of it. Your smoke detectors might go off, and you spend a few minutes opening doors and windows, letting that chilly air in.
This is more than just an inconvenience; it can do some serious harm to your health. So what can you do about it?
How a Chimney Cap Can Help
We don’t think anyone should have to deal with a bad chimney draft. Thankfully, you don’t have to. There are a number of ways to solve the problem. A proper chimney cap is just one of them.
Some people are mistakenly under the impression that chimney caps can negatively impact your draft. Don’t believe this yourself. You absolutely need a chimney cap to keep out pests and other debris that could end up causing a fire.
This misconception probably stems from the fact that a poorly fitting chimney cap can restrict airflow out of your chimney. If your chimney cap is too small, it will prevent air from drawing out the top of your chimney. It also has to be the proper height above the opening to allow for smoke to flow out.
Have you noticed issues with your chimney’s draft? It could be that you have an ill-fitting chimney cap or one that is otherwise in need of repair. If we can take a look, we’ll be able to solve the problem in no time.
Call the Experts at Champion Chimneys for Chimney Cap Installation Today!
Champion Chimneys, Inc. is a fully licensed, bonded, and insured chimney service company that has been serving customers in Baltimore County, Howard County, and Anne Arundel County, Maryland since 2001. Our team is trained and certified by Certified Chimney Professionals, Inc. (CCP, Inc.). Courteous service is our trademark, and our crews arrive on time in uniform, driving fully equipped trucks. We specialize in all aspects of your chimney system. Whether you need chimney and flue cleaning service or a full chimney rebuild or inspection, contact us at 443-Chimney today and let us fix all your chimney problems. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.