If a little nudge to remind you to close the damper would help, a small brass “Damper Open / Damper Closed” hanging sign that is about the size of a business card is available at amazon.com for $6.95 + shipping.

   Some older homes from the 1930s and earlier have no damper at all. We occasionally meet vintage homeowners that have never lit their fireplace and had no idea that their chimney was open. Depending on the size of the chimney, a savings of $20 or more per month in energy is there for the taking if you close your damper securely. It’s definitely worth it to keep a close eye on your fireplace damper.

    There are two types of gas fireplaces that do not have a chimney or damper: a ventless (also known as duct-free) and one that uses a blower to exhaust combustion gases out a side wall. To learn about ventless fireplaces, go to our blog post “The fireplace doesn’t have a chimney. Is that alright?”, and to find out more about the fire safety issues related to creosote buildup, see our blog post “Why is creosote buildup in a chimney dangerous?

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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