Tips to Increase the Efficiency of Your Chimney

Posted on October 28th, 2022 by Devine Bros

Just like any home improvement, you’ll want to make sure your chimney is in tip-top shape before the heating season begins and you start using it regularly again. By maintaining your chimney, you’ll save money on energy bills by keeping your home more comfortable throughout fall and winter without running your heat as often. 

So here are some helpful tips to increase the efficiency of your chimney this winter season.

Install a New Chimney Liner

A new chimney liner can increase the efficiency and performance of your chimney. The addition of a liner will act as a barrier between combustible materials and your chimney, which will help reduce creosote buildup inside your chimney. This reduction in creosote can help extend the life expectancy of your furnace and give you cleaner air to breathe.

Install a Gas Insert To Increase Heating Efficiency

A gas insert is a great way to increase the capability of your chimney and heat up your home more quickly and efficiently. Gas inserts are also environmentally friendly since they don’t burn any wood or coal, so there’s no mess left behind afterward, as other heating options can create.

Clean Your Chimney

Another big step in increasing efficiency is by simply cleaning your chimney! Dirt, soot, and other particles can build up on the inside walls and vents over time and cause various issues, including decreased productivity and increased fire risk. For a typical residential home with a wood-burning fireplace, you should have your chimney inspected for safety once every year or two.

Change Fireplace Dampers to Control Airflow

If you have a fireplace, it is important to be aware that your chimney greatly impacts how efficiently your fireplace operates. This is because a fireplace’s damper controls airflow by restricting air from entering or out of the vents. You can maximize fuel efficiency and keep your home comfortable without wasting energy by monitoring and adjusting your damper.

The experts at Devine Bros. know a thing or two about heating; that’s why Fairfield County has depended on us to keep warm for almost 100 years! If you live in Norwalk, Connecticut, or the surrounding area and need heating oil this winter, give us a call at (203) 866-4421.

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