A chimney liner is a critical part of every chimney if you want to ensure that your chimney not only has a longer life span, but that you’re also getting the best benefits and not any of the health dangers from it. Chimney liners come in many different materials, including clay tile, stainless steel, cement, and aluminum. Each different material serves its purpose; however, some materials will differ from others depending on its use and chimney type. Whatever type you choose, in this post we have outlined some simple chimney liner benefits of installing one.
Fire Damage Protection
One of the essential functions of a chimney liner is to keep the heat inside the chimney from reaching the combustible material outside of it. If you have an unlined chimney that is aging, cracked tiles or missing filling can allow harmful gases and smoke into your living areas, attic or ceiling, causing harm to you and your family. Additionally, it makes it easy for heat to escape to other areas of your home, such as the second floor or the roof, and start a major fire. Simply put, a chimney liner keeps the heat inside the chimney where it belongs.
Creosote and Moisture Prevention
Creosote is the biggest enemy of chimneys everywhere. This shiny black substance is the unburned wood energy that gathers due to poor venting or wood that doesn’t burn thoroughly. It is highly combustible and a leading cause of chimney fires. A liner prevents creosote from building up by helping with proper venting, as well as stop water moisture from becoming trapped in the chimney which is a significant danger when it causes cracking during winter month freezing. Some fuel burning appliances need aluminum liners to be able to properly vent hot gases that don’t condense before reaching the top of the flue. Aluminum liners are better for lining chimneys used with corrosive condensation caused from efficient appliances.
Chimney Liners add an additional layer of insulation inside a chimney that reduces the downdrafts that can come down during times when there is no fire in the hearth. This equates to less cold air getting into your home (hooray!) and forcing you to run your heater more often. It also means more efficient burning of fuel inside the fireplace, which is always a good thing, too, right?
Chimney liners can be somewhat simple to install, but your best bet is to have a professional company do the installation for you so that you know you’re getting quality service at a great price. That way your chimney lining is bound to last a lot longer, through the peak winter period where keeping warm is essential; to the summers where your chimney is more likely to remain stagnant. We’re ready for you here at CMO! Give us a call 317-500-1250 or visit www.cmoutfitters.com.