The pros and cons of chimney installation. Some people wonder whether it’s a good idea to install a chimney in their home. If you’ve always dreamt of having and operating a fireplace or wood stove, then the choice to build a chimney seems straightforward. But it may not be that simple. 

A properly installed and maintained vent can help remove harmful smoke and fumes from your home. However, if it isn’t routinely inspected and cleaned at least once a year, a chimney can become a fire hazard. To help you make an informed decision, we’ve outlined the advantages and disadvantages of installing a chimney in your home. 

What is Chimney Installation?

There are a few ways to install a chimney. For one, you could have it go through the roof or the wall. You could also opt for a masonry chimney made of bricks or stone that encompasses a metal chimney.  No matter which method or design you choose, here are some things to consider when you’re planning your installation:

  • A chimney’s purpose isn’t solely to draft a fire in a fireplace. It can also serve other heat sources that burn fuel, like a water heater or wood stove.
  • The inner diameter of your chimney and pipe should be the same size as the outlet of whatever your connection is.
  • A through-the-roof installation requires a hole in the center of your ceiling large enough for the chimney to go through. In contrast, the through-the-wall method offers more versatility in placement options and can operate from the ground, proving much safer than the roof.
  • Straight vertical installation through the roof is more efficient, easier to clean, and produces less draft than a venting system with a bend, which tends to restrict draft or airflow.
  • Venting through the roof requires a black stovepipe, while through-the-wall venting needs a class A chimney pipe.
  • Chimneys should be tall and have a cap to prevent fires and other hazards, as well as avert pests and small animals from entering and making it their home. 

Pros of Chimney Installation 

The most significant benefit of installing a chimney is experiencing a cozy, warm fireplace on cold winter days without having to compromise the air quality in your home. You can comfortably use your fireplace or wood-burning appliance while the chimney safely removes smoke, hot gases, and other harmful particles produced by the fireplace. And not only are wood fireplaces and appliances a good source of heat, but they also can replace utilities in your home that depend on fossil fuels, thereby reducing your energy bill and carbon footprint.

A less conspicuous benefit of adding a chimney to your home is the aesthetic appeal factor. Whether you use brick or opt for the electric chimney, having a chimney can add a classy, sophisticated look to your home, which may increase the value of your property.

Cons of Chimney Installation

Even though a chimney can be a beautiful and practical addition to your home, it also has the potential to be very dangerous and costly. Fireplaces, for one, can cause the accumulation of debris, including a sticky, toxic substance called creosote. That buildup can lead to a chimney fire if the chimney is not properly maintained. 

Also, installing a chimney in an already built house can get expensive. And if it’s not installed correctly or well-maintained regularly, you can end up spending more money on repairs and damages. Even if you do not use a fireplace or stove, once you install a chimney, it’s best to get into the habit of having a professional inspect and clean it at least once a year.    

Professional Chimney Installation is the Key 

You may think you can save money by purchasing a chimney system and installing it yourself. However, if the installation is inaccurate, you risk damage to your home and high costs for repairs and replacements. Plus, you may lose your warranty on the system for not installing correctly. Hiring a trained professional can save you time and money and protect that warranty with their expertise, equipment, and experience.  

When it comes to chimney installation, there are regulations and recommendations to follow in order to minimize the risks of using a fireplace or woodstove. Besides ensuring you have the correct fitting, a professional will also guarantee your chimney adheres to all building codes. Therefore, working with a chimney installation service is essential for peace of mind, knowing you can use your fireplace or wood stove safely. 

Brick + Ember Outfitters is Here to Help

Adding a chimney to your home can be a big investment. With our help, you can save energy and money, increase your property value, and have cleaner air quality. So if you’re ready to upgrade your home, contact B+E today. We will take you through the entire process to accommodate your preference in installation methods.