Chimneys are beneficial in two ways. First, they drive in air to enhance combustion and help the fireplace provide heat. Secondly, they help maintain a clean and healthy environment by driving out the harmful byproducts from wood burning. The function of a chimney is further enhanced by installing a chimney cap. Here are some benefits:
Keeps Animals and Debris at Bay
A chimney cap keeps pests, leaves and debris out of the chimney. Imagine animals getting in the chimney and dying from all the heat passing through this system. This can cause infestation from flies and other undesirable pests, as well as odour. A chimney cap with a very fine mesh prevents the entry of animals, leaves and sticks, which may clog the chimney, jeopardizing its integrity.
Preventing Spread of Fire
Chimney caps help keep your home safe by reducing the risk of fire. They deflect sparks from the fireplace away from the roof.
If strong wind is blowing, it might get into your chimney. When this happens, instead of channeling smoke out of your home, smoke is pushed back in, creating an unhealthy environment for you and your family. Also, it could lead to entry of cold air, reducing the efficiency of your heating system. A chimney cap keeps that wind and air out.
Prevents Entry of Moisture
Rain can cause damage to the chimney and surrounding areas. A chimney cap keeps the important areas dry and prevents the growth of mould and mildew, which can have adverse health effects for your family.
Chimney caps (particularly meshed ones) do run the risk of being clogged with debris, leaves and dust. They should be checked and cleaned on a regular basis. You can do this yourself, or hire a professional for guaranteed results.
Dr. Duct wants to help with your chimney cleaning and home maintenance services so you can enjoy a warm, cozy, healthy winter. Call us today at (613) 845-0707 for expert chimney cap cleaning services in Ottawa.