Reader MikeTerry wrote in to steer our attention to the Chimney Balloon. We thought it sounded a bit silly at first — but when you tell a Texan that this device keeps cool air in the house where it belongs, you have their complete and undivided attention.
The Chimney Balloon, or chimney pillow, plugs up your chimney to prevent drafty-flue syndrome. Stuff the balloon up the chimney and blow it up with the included hollow pole. The balloon’s triple-layered plastic presses against the chimney walls, creating a sealed layer between the elements and the controlled climate that you’re spending cash to maintain inside the house.
The Chimney Balloon is more than worth the $12 cost if it saves even a smidge of the “bought air” from whisking out the chimney. We might check it out just on general principle.