Knowledge Base


How the Smoke Pencil Works

June 11, 2015 Sarah H

To determine drafts and air leaks in a home, professional Energy auditors and HVAC installers use the Smoke Pencil puffer stick. A small amount of smoke is produced from the non-toxic Smoke Pencil to help you find drafts in your home. Pull the trigger on the Smoke Pencil, near the area where you think the draft is, and then watch the movement of the smoke to see how the air is moving. Features like the light at the end of the Smoke Pencil allow for easy recognition. The Smoke Pencil is simple to use and also comes with a 3...


Why use a Chimney Balloon?

June 11, 2015 Sarah H

Why Look at the Chimney? Homeowners spend millions each year caulking, replacing windows & doors, and weatherstripping to make their home more energy efficient. However, one of the biggest culprits of energy loss is not so easy to see, it is the fireplace damper. The damper is the metal flap in your chimney that acts as a fireplace plug when you are not using it. That damper gets warped and degrades over time. Often you cant tell it is not sealing because you cant look at it close, but you can feel the cold air. What you need is a more effective inflatable chimney stopper to eliminate...


How to Measure your Fireplace for your Chimney Balloon

June 11, 2015 Sarah H

1.    Before sizing your chimney make sure your fireplace and chimney is cold and you have no hot embers in your fireplace that can be a danger to you. If you sweep and vacuum your fireplace ash first, you will find this whole process of measuring much cleaner. But never vacuum hot ash! 2.    With safety goggles on, look into your chimney with a flashlight and identify the damper (a metal flap that closes the chimney), if you have one. Also, identify the most narrow section of your chimney that you can touch with a 2 foot stick....


How to Install a Chimney Balloon

June 11, 2015 Sarah H

Step 1: Open the package and make sure you have your proper-sized Chimney Balloon, a flexible inflation tube, and the red reminder card. You can see what size Chimney Balloon you have by looking at the white cap on the top of the Chimney Balloon. If you find your inflation tube is not of adequate length, you can purchase a 1/2 inch ID (inside diameter) Poly tube of whatever length you desire, and it will work just fine. Step 2: Unroll your Chimney Balloon so it can be easily inflated. Attach the flexible inflation tube to the hand grip that is also the air valve....


Chimney Balloons : Reduce Air Loss by 27%

March 05, 2013 Michael Ridler

Chimney Balloons are simple to use and easy to install but the savings they can provide are far from small. In a third  party blower door test conducted by a certified energy rater the Chimney Balloon increased the results of the Blower Door test by 27% . Decreasing the air loss means less heat escaping out of your home and reduced heating bills. The Chimney Balloon was invented in England by an accomplished plastics engineer, David Woodman. He invented this simple cost effective chimney insulator to stop the  bitter cold draft that descends fireplace chimneys each winter. The Chimney Balloon is...