Smoky Fireplaces Houston
A fireplace that is smoky affects air quality, smells and also tells you that you have a bigger problem on your hands.
Wondering why your fireplace smokes? What can be done about it? There are several possible reasons for a smoking fireplace:
- A fireplace opening that’s too large for the size of your chimney flue
- One fireplace that is positioned above another in a home. Lots of our customers are surprised to hear that one fireplace in your house will have a direct impact on the way another fireplace in your house is functioning.
- A negatively pressurized home or business Downdrafts that bring outside air down your chimney and into your home
- Downdrafts that bring outside air down your chimney and into your home
Although a chimney cleaning can make a world of difference, other possible solutions to a smoky fireplace are to:
- Install a top-mounted damper which will both save you a ton on energy expenses, it will also help you regulate draft.
- Install a smoke guard. A smoke guard, also known as a chimney smoke protector, fits at the top of your fireplace opening and will help you keep smoke out of your home. They work to make your hearth opening smaller so that less smoke can enter your home. Smoke guards are available in a range of sizes to fit different sized fireplaces and come in a variety of decorative finishes, so you’re bound to find a smoke guard that’s perfect for your home.
- Install a ventilation fan at top of Chimney that will allow you to control how quickly smoke is drawn out of your chimney.
- Install an outside air kit. A fresh air intake device will help prevent backdrafting that’s caused by negative pressure. Rather than drawing already heated air from inside your home, it will draw fresh air from outside to help fuel your fireplace.
To learn more about the chimney sweeping process, view the video below.