Frequently Asked Questions
Why does my home need the All Season Chimney Cover?
Most fireplaces are designed to allow 10 to 40% of energy (warm or cool air) to escape through the chimney 24 hours a day, everyday, even with existing dampers. See U.S. Department of Energy study results.
Without the Chimney Cover to close off the top of your chimney, rain, snow, wind (downdrafts), insects, small animals, leaves and odors are allowed to enter your home.
The All Season Chimney Cover will allow you to start a fire with ease, rather than trying to push out all the cold air that would normally be in your chimney.
When should I use the All Season Chimney Cover?
In Spring, to keep the rain and snow out, as well as birds looking for a warm nesting place. Also to keep the heated or cooled air that you have paid for sealed in your home.
In Summer, by keeping the cover tightly closed, you keep out unwanted insects and small animals, and at the same time, keeping the cooled air that you've paid for from escaping through your fireplace.
In Fall, the change in weather moistens the ashes inside your fireplace causing unpleasant odors. This is also the season when the leaves fall, the wind starts to race down your fireplace and insects outside start looking for warmer places to inhabit.
In Winter, the cover controls the air flow and draft through your chimney for a longer, more efficient fire. By adjusting the cover, it will also allow the warm air that is generated by the fire to circulate in the house, instead of out your chimney. When the fireplace is not in use, the cover should be completely closed for maximum efficiency. This eliminates cold drafts, snow, rain and ice from entering your home, and at the same time, conserves the warm air that you've paid for.
What if I've previously taken steps to improve my fireplace or chimney?
Rain and snow enters your fireplace and mixes with creosote which makes an acid that will eat out the back side of your present insert in a very short period of time.
If you have installed glass doors on your fireplace, you have changed the appearance of it, but you've only solved part of the problem. You still have bugs, insects, small animals, odor, rain, snow and downdrafts entering your home through the fireplace, along with the potential of cracking and breaking of your flue tile that could become a dangerous fire hazard.