If you have a fireplace in your home it is very likely that you are sending your dollars up the chimney. Most folks know that a fire in the fireplace looses more heat up the chimney than goes into the house. In spite of that, we still follow our family tradition of having a fire in the fireplace when we have visitors during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. But, what about the rest of the time.
If you have a gas log or wood burning fireplace, you have an opportunity to save a lot of money on your heating bill for a small investment in money and effort. I am talking about saving several hundred dollars by spending half a hundred on a chimney balloon.
I knew our fireplace damper was stuck open and that would add more than $200 this winter on our heating bills. I knew it was stuck partly open because I had made a half hearted attempt to close it. We had bird try to fly into the house after he made the trip down the chimney. Thank goodness that the glass doors on the fireplace stopped him from spreading black soot all around the house. Eventually the bird made his escape back up the chimney.
With the help of WD 40 and a hammer, I got the damper freed up so it will open and close. Using a mirror and a flashlight, I took a careful look at the edges around the damper. It will keep the birds out but it sure is not airtight.
I need a way to plug the chimney to stop warm air raising up and escaping out of the house. It needs to seal airtight and be easy for an old guy, like me, to put in place. I still want that holiday season fire so the chimney seal needs to be easy to remove and store without making a mess.
The Chimney Balloon is a very good solution. Stick it in place, inflate it and you have an airtight seal. Let the air out of the balloon and gently pull it out for a holiday fire.
Chimney Balloons are available in a wide range of sizes. Get one that is too big and you struggle to get it into place. Get one that is too small and it will not seal or stay in place. This means that you need to know the size of your flue. Precision is not a problem; the balloon will work if you are off buy an inch or two. It best to measure and get one the right size on the first try.
I bent my folding ruler into an elbow shape with a couple of joints out to one side. I poked the ruler up into the fireplace and quickly determined that the chimney flue was a square one measuring two joints by two joints. Ok the flue is 12 inches square. It turns out that a 12-inch flue is a very common size. The fireplace transitions into the 12-inch flue a couple of feet up from the top of the fireplace opening so I need the extender on the stick that the Chimney Balloon comes with. No problem the extender is a standard part too.
Using the Chimney Balloon is simple as blowing up a balloon, and you never have to climb up on the roof.
The Chimney Balloon, also know as a Chimney Pillow, is a unique durable device that stops airflow, bugs, bats and birds from flowing through your chimney.
The Chimney Balloon is made of tough stuff so it can be removed, reinstalled and re-used many times.
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