When out buying flue accessories, homeowners should invest in a number of products which can help keep their chimney safe and working well.
Nick Messe, from Early Times Chimney Sweeps in Chicago, said that having flue liners for woodburners inspected on a regular basis is essential to ensure that any major problems are identified and rectified swiftly.
However, there are steps homeowners can take to help maintain the structure, including chimney caps, spark arrestors and bird screens.
The writer stated that it is a mistake to think that making a mesh cover for their chimney flue will do the job, as this can become clogged and pose a threat to people's health.
"When these are clogged, smoke and dangerous carbon monoxide can back up into the home," he added.
Those considering buying a chimney cap are not short of options, with the Goodman Air Conditioners blog highlighting that there are copper, tiered and stainless steel versions available to consumers.