a diagram of a house with the locations of all possible air leak locations from which draughts can occur as a guide to intelligent draught proofing

Intelligent Draught Proofing

When draught-proofing our homes we need to be strategic. Air-flow in a building is complicated, with multiple ways in for cold air and routes out for warm air. It is the passage of warm air out of a building that creates the pull of cold air into the building that we notice. However the locations …

worker at Watford Workshop constructing chimney balloons

Introducing: Watford Workshop

As I’ve mentioned before, the Chimney Balloon is made by the charity Watford Workshop. The charity, which is now over 50 years old, gives work experience, skills training and employment to disabled and disadvantaged people, working to up-skill and build their confidence. Working with Watford Workshop has been a fundamental part of our business over …

cat asleep in front of cosy fire - we look after our pets

Should we leave the heating on for our pets?

A recent survey by the Energy Savings Trust found that half of pet owners leave the heating on for their dog or cat while they are out for the day. Nationally this amounts to around £78 million in additional heating costs. While this is costing each pet owner around £140 per year, a single visit …

turn the thermostat down and fit a Chimney Balloon

Thermostat wars – are you a tinkerer or a control freak?

New Thermo-profiling splits homeowners into six different types by their relationship with their central heating. New research from Gocompare.com Energy reveals that Britain is a nation of “Thermostat Tinkerers” – constantly tweaking the thermostat to get the heating just right. However, 3% of homeowners admit to being “Tropical Hotties” with the temperature cranked up to …

the smoke pencil field kit with all its contents on display

The Smoke Pencil Draught Detector

It’s easy enough to identify the flow of air up the chimney – just put your arm in and you will notice it! Once you’ve blocked the chimney you will find that a lot of the other draughts around the home are significantly reduced. Having an open chimney is like leaving a window open all …