Maintain Good Chimney Draft

Avoid a Smoky Fireplace with a Proper Chimney Draft

There's a big difference between a GOOD chimney draft and a BAD one. Learn how to get the good kind and prevent issues like indoor air pollution, carbon monoxide poisoning, and a smoky fireplace, to name a few.

There’s a big difference between a GOOD chimney draft and a BAD one. Learn how to get the good kind and prevent issues like indoor air pollution, carbon monoxide poisoning, and a smoky fireplace, to name a few.

Have you ever been curious about the reason why, even if the fireplace is burning wood and keeping you warm in the middle of your living room, no toxin-filled smoke is lingering in the house? That’s the whole point of effective ventilation. Your chimney sucks the air uniformly from the fireplace and then lead it out of the house. This is the principle behind what we call chimney draft. It is important for you, as a homeowner, to know these things in order to help you see if there’s already something wrong going on inside your chimney.

The Cause for Decreased Draft in your Chimney

Chimney draft is essential for a fireplace and chimney system to properly function. It can either increase or decrease depending on the performance of your chimney. If there are any problems like blockages in the opening of the chimney then there is a decrease in the chimney draft. Blockages can refer to birds, spider webs, twigs and leaves getting stuck inside. This means that there’s not enough suction from the fireplace towards the flue to completely remove unwanted air. If the chimney draft is not going up and out, bigger problems will ultimately present themselves. To prevent these blockages from forming in your chimney, we suggest that you have a chimney cap installed.

Keep an Eye on the Flue Liner

The way to avoid getting your home filled with smoke is to make sure that the flue liner in your chimneys are in excellent condition. Good flue liners increase draft efficiency thus providing a smoke-free, secured home. If the problem is a worn out flue liner, then replacing the flue liner will definitely improve your chimney’s functionality.

Other Recommendations

This is the reason why we would always recommend annual chimney inspections along with chimney sweeping at least once a year and especially when the winter season starts, to make sure that everything inside your chimney is intact and ready to endure any kind of weather. Don’t ignore that gut feeling that something seems wrong. Smoke inside the home is the most obvious sign.

Aelite Chimney Specialists is Here to Help You!

We all want to make sure nothing bad happens to our property and that there are no threats to our safety. We are here to help you attain that assurance. Our company, Aelite Chimney Specialists employs CSIA certified professional sweeps to give you confidence in our judgement.