This summer a small bird flew into our chimney at home. It flew right down into the fire place.
We would have had black soot all over the house if the bird had gotten all the way in. Lucky for us our glass fire place doors stopped that from happening. The bird did escape to share its adventure story with its friends.
This event revealed two problems. No bird screen on the chimney top and the fire place damper was open.
Chimneys are made to pull smoke out of the house using the draft caused by rising hot air. We know that a hot air balloon goes up because hot air is lighter than cold air.
Air heated by your home furnace will escape up your chimney if it can. If you don’t use your fire place plugging the chimney is a good idea. If you want it ready to use make sure the damper closes tightly. Glass fire place doors are a good way to control how much air flows up the flue while the fire place is in use.
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Many folks have the same chimney effect at work. Hot air rises in the building and escapes out any opening that is high in the building. At work our “chimneys” are disguised as windows, vent fans, smoke vents, doors that open to the roof and any other hole or opening that allows warm air to escape in the winter.
Warm air escaping out the roof is a problem for two reasons. First, it is warm air that the company has already purchased the energy to heat. Second warm air going out the roof draws in cold replacement air at ground level where folks will feel the cold.
There is a natural cold draft of air coming it at ground floor level of the building. This unwanted cold air coming in makes us burn excess fuel to heat it to a comfortable temperature. Stopping the warm air from escaping also stops the unwanted cold air from coming in.
Keeping windows closed, ceiling fans off, smoke vents closed all help to keep the building more comfortable and to keep. Stopping the waste of energy is good for the environment and good business.
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