Chimney balloons: A good investment or a load of hot air?

fireplace fitted with draught excluder
(Image credit: Chimney Sheep)

Chimney balloons – a term sometimes used for chimney draught excluders – are often suggested as a method for draught proofing a chimney. We have been taking a look at how effective they are, how to use them and what the alternatives might be.

While fireplaces might add plenty of charm and warmth to a house, chimneys can be a source of heat loss, drawing warm air out of a space. As such, you will need to address this when draught proofing your home. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.