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The Best Ways To Stop A Draught Coming Down Your Chimney

With energy bills continuing to rise, keeping your home warm during winter is likely already a struggle. But did you know one of the things that could be making this even more difficult is your chimney? 

If you have one, you will likely be aware of how chilly the draught coming from your chimney feels. No matter what other measures you’re taking to trap heat inside your home, it’s said that having a chimney is the equivalent of having a window open constantly, so all of your efforts are essentially useless. To help you keep the heat in your home, read on for some top tips on how to stop a draught coming from your chimney. 

1. A chimney sheep

One of the simplest ways to block the draught that’s coming from your chimney is to buy a chimney sheep, which will close off the opening. A chimney sheep is made up of two layers of sheep’s wool and blocks your flue to reduce the amount of warm air being pulled out and cold air being pulled in. 

If you don’t want to spend any money, you can achieve the same effect with an old pillow or material stretched across the opening of your fireplace. 

2. A draught excluder

Another great option is a draught excluder. Much like a chimney sheep, it’s designed to stop the warm air from escaping up the chimney while simultaneously keeping the cold air out. Opting for a draught excluder is an affordable choice too, costing as little as £20. It also offers a good return on your investment as you’ll be saving money by turning the heating on much less. 

There are a number of options available, including inflatable draught excluders which simply require a vent space for them to work properly. Alternatively, there are draught excluders that can be made specifically for your chimney which are created from materials like wool to ensure that air can still pass through while blocking out the chill. Of course, you just have to remember to remove the draught excluder whenever you actually light your fire! 

3. A chimney cap

Although more expensive, you could also consider having a chimney cap installed. Since it is more expensive, costing around £150, this option isn’t as popular, but it does the job well. 

Chimney caps are usually made from terracotta, and not only do they keep heat in, but they also keep moisture, birds and pests out. However, it’s also worth noting that a chimney cap will need to be installed by a professional, so get in touch with us today if this is something you’re interested in! 

Where to get help with chimney draughts

If none of the options above is stopping a draught from entering your home via your chimney, there may be a bigger issue at play. A chimney and roof inspection will be able to identify any problems so you can get them repaired quickly. 

Here at Randles Roofing and Building Services, we can carry out chimney repairs and roofing repairs for you, as well as building services, gutter works and more. Make sure to get in touch at 07717 416468 and let us know how we can help you. A member of our friendly team will be happy to arrange an appointment at your earliest convenience. 

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