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Checking a Chimney Heat Shield

A chimney heat shield is the crucial part of your chimney that protects your home from overheating and catching fire. If you’re noticing any burning smells, unusually high temperatures coming from the firebox, or are just overall concerned for the safety of your fireplace, a professional chimney sweep from Superior Chimney can help. Over time, the heat from the firebox will cause the mortar to crack and fall apart. With constant heat and even water exposure, the chimney heat shield will need to be replaced. As springtime rolls into summer in the Chicagoland area, and rainstorms come more frequently, your chimney (and home…) is more susceptible to water damage. This, in turn, damages your chimney heat shield. Do you suspect any damages to your chimney heat shield? 

What is a Chimney Heat Shield?

A chimney heat shield is a protective barrier installed on the outside of your fireplace primary firewall to reduce the heat transfer to your home’s walls. It acts as a barrier between the hot fireplace fire and the combustible materials in your home, such as wood framing, drywall, or insulation. By reducing the heat radiating from your fireplace, a heat shield helps prevent fires and protect your home from damage.

How Does a Chimney Heat Shield Work?

A chimney heat shield works by creating a layer of insulation between the fireplace fire and the walls of your home. This shield reduces the amount of heat that reaches the walls, preventing them from becoming too hot and potentially catching fire. Heat shields are made of stainless steel and are designed to withstand high temperatures without falling apart.

Why Should You Invest in a Chimney Heat Shield?

  1. Fire Prevention: One of the most significant benefits of a chimney heat shield is its ability to prevent fires in your home. By reducing the heat transfer from your fireplace fire to your walls, a heat shield can minimize the risk of combustible materials catching fire.
  2. Energy Efficiency: In addition to improving safety, a chimney heat shield also increases the efficiency of your home heating system. By reducing the amount of heat lost through your chimney, a heat shield will help keep your home warmer and reduce your energy bills.
  3. Longevity: Installing a chimney heat shield will also extend the lifespan of your chimney and prevent damage caused by excessive heat. By protecting your chimney from extreme temperatures, a heat shield can help prevent cracks, warping, and other issues that can lead to costly repairs.

Installing a Chimney Heat Shield

Installing a chimney heat shield is a process that should only be done by a professional chimney sweep. The first thing a chimney sweep will do is to measure the dimensions of your chimney and determine the appropriate size of the heat shield. If you’re interested in installing, replacing or having your chimney heat shield inspected, contact us at Superior Chimney today by calling 877-244-6349.

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