Do you have a real working fireplace that goes totally unused? Many homes do, especially ones that are older and may have a broken damper inside the chimney. If fixing your fireplace is too cost-prohibitive, try this inexpensive energy-saving solution instead: Get a chimney balloon. This is an inflatable plastic pillow that is made with a very strong poly plastic. It inflates and creates a tight seal inside your fireplace. When you want to use the fireplace, it easily deflates, and it’ll inflate again and again, too.
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