The Commonwealth Of Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development - Bureau of Energy Programs
Bureau of Energy Programs - Recommends The Use Of The Fireplace Draftstopper!
The following text appears in the "Weatherization Assistance Program Technical Manual" dated April 1, 2003:
The fireplace and its damper is a potentially large hole with a built in stack that should be addressed. Occupants tend not to feel leakage around the fireplace since they tend to exfiltrate large volumes of air, creating a draft of makeup air somewhere else in the home. Homeowner’s frequently leave the damper open without realizing it. A commercially available “Draftstopper” can be used to stop the leak.
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could all agree that home heating costs are going straight up.
Which is why keeping that expensive warm air inside is very
important. When chimney's are not in use that expensive heat is
escaping straight up them.
One would think closing the damper would be enough to keep cold air out and warm air in, but not necessarily so.
A solution to this problem is the fireplace plug. It is like a plastic inflatable pillow for your chimney.
To install it, you partially inflate it with the breathing tube...
...then slip it up into the top of the firebox...
...and lock it in place.
Finally, finish inflating the plug and tuck the tube out of sight.
heating experts claim that an unlit fireplace with a damper open can
increase heating costs by as much as 30 percent. Now that could add up
to $500 over the course of a season.
Well, here's a solution that's relatively inexpensive, easy to install and pretty much invisible.
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