The Draft Guard is weather-stripping for your Fireplace, an insulated cover, made with two layers of metalized aluminum separated by an enclosed air space, designed to seal the fireplace and insulate your home when your fireplace is not being used. The Draft Guard can reduce your heating and air conditioning costs by as much as 30 percent, often paying for itself in a single energy bill.                                              

Keep cool air in and hot air out during the summer, and warm air in and cold air out in the winter! The Draft Guard saves heating and cooling costs by blocking drafts from both sides, and is also effective for blocking undesirable fumes and noise from the outside.

Before                

Fireplace dampers are often missing or warped allowing costly heated or cooled air to escape up the chimney. The Draft Guard covers, seals and insulates the firebox from air leakage and downdrafts. As an additional benefit it stops unpleasant odors, outside pollution and blocks annoying noises.

The Draft Guard is quickly and easily installed in minutes, with no tools required. If you wish to enjoy a fire simply remove The Draft Guard, enjoy your fire and, reinstall the product when the fireplace interior has completely cooled.

 

After                  

Energy Loss



Improperly sealed fireplaces are noted as being one of the worst heat loss areas in the home, costing you money in home heating bills. A closed fireplace damper is often the largest and most neglected hole in the exterior envelope of a house. Dampers are intended to close off the chimney, but are often left open. When dampers are closed they do not provide a good seal and are quite ineffective due to heat warping.

 

In a 1990 study, designed to measure the leakage area of fireplace with and without the damper closed, Energy Options Northwest had this impressive finding; the effective leakage area (ELA) of the fireplace dampers averaged about 30 square inches when closed. As a frame of reference, the total ELA of typical houses built to moderately tight standards is between 70 and 120 square inches. This is like leaving a door open for all of you costly home heating/cooling to escape through.

 

Open fireplaces also allow annoying and uncomfortable downdrafts. Back drafting brings cold air in winter that must be heated and warm air in summer that must be cooled.

 

A complaint we often hear is that windows and doors seem to have a cold breeze coming through them. This is caused by a condition known as the stack effect . Between the higher and lower pressure zones of the home lies a neutral pressure zone. The neutral pressure zone tends to move toward the largest air leak.  The chimney's neutral pressure zone is above the neutral pressure zone of the house. This creates a flow of air out the chimney even when no fire is burning. As the large volume of air is drawn up the chimney, warm air from other areas of your house goes up the chimney, too. This robs heat from the other rooms and pulls cold air into the home through cracks around windows and doors that have not been completely sealed.  Sealing the fireplace helps stop the 'breeze' coming from your doors and windows.