I have a fire place, when it is not in use should it be sealed or closed off?
Chimneys used with open fireplaces are designed to extract air from the house, whether or not a fire is burning. This means that your chimney can let a lot of air in and out of your home. Blocking the chimney when it isn’t being used will reduce the movement of air up and down your chimney and improve the comfort of your home.
To do this safely you can:
1. Install dampers at the top or throat of your chimney - Dampers can be closed when you are not using your fireplace, to prevent air from moving in and out of your home.
2. Install chimney balloons at the throat of your chimney - Removable chimney balloons can be installed when you are not using your chimney.
3. Seal the chimney with a tight-fitting screen - Installation of a removable screen is another option, but this will require some carpentry work.
REMEMBER TO REMOVE SEALS IF YOU DECIDE TO USE THE FIREPLACE!
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