Chimney caps or cowls are small pieces of durable material that cover the top of chimney pipes. They may be small, but they are essential components that, at the very least, minimize the need for chimney repairs. Here’s a closer look at how they work and their benefits.
How Chimney Caps Work
The way chimney caps work is, basically, a cover for the chimney tops. This simple addition prevents rain and snow from trickling down the flue and into your indoor space, allows oxygen to cycle in, and makes the opening small enough to prevent birds and other small animals from getting in and creating nests. Most of today’s chimney caps have an inner mesh that prevents embers and burning debris from getting onto the roof.
There are several different kinds of chimney cap designs to choose from, in addition to the aforementioned basic design. A spinning cowl design that’s typically seen in factories use the force of the wind to spin the cowl, similar to a turbine. The resulting vacuum creates an upward airflow that both ventilates and forces smoke upwards. A directional cowl rotates to align with the wind direction, preventing a backdraft of smoke and wind.
Why Chimney Caps Are Important
Chimney caps help ensure continuous airflow within the chimney flue. This helps minimize carbon deposits along the chimneys and prevents smoke from flowing back into your indoor living space. Birds and small animals can be problematic, as they can nest in open chimneys and block the airflow.
Just like most parts of your home, chimneys require proper cleaning, maintenance, and repairs to function efficiently. It is recommended that you have your chimneys, fireplaces, and vents inspected every year for protection and the possibility of carbon deposits. Have such inspections conducted by professionals during early to mid-fall, since contractors are not as busy, and you will be able to address issues with your chimney in time for winter. Part of the inspection includes making sure your chimney caps are in proper working order.
Chimney Caps and More at Hader Solutions
To learn more about chimney caps and the proper upkeep of your chimneys, call Hader Solutions today at (513) 612-9201. We serve Cincinnati, OH.