What Were They Thinking?

Holy Smoke and a Six Pack

September 11, 2006
September/October 2006
A version of this article appears in the September/October 2006 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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        The name of my company is Thermal Imaging Services, Incorporated, and we are located in Peoria, Illinois. I have been an energy rater for over five years now. I wanted to share a couple of pictures of a failed combustion safety test I performed on a parsonage (left and middle). I thought Home Energy readers might get a kick out it.
         Apparently, when the roof was replaced years ago, the chimney was partially removed. Out of sight, out of mind, I guess. The owners were not too concerned about the situation even after I explained all the potential hazards.
         The only saving grace for this situation is that there have not been any tenants living in the home. (When renovations are completed the home will be rented out to increase cash flow into the church.) The church community just uses the home for the laundry facilities and for some meeting space. They are planning on making the proper repairs before the tenants move into the home.
        The third photo shows six fans set up in two doorways. I have recently purchased from the Energy Conservatory blower door fans (three sets of three fans) to test bigger buildings. I only have a picture of six fans in one shot now because I have not had the opportunity to test a building where I could use all nine fans on one entry.
          It is a great combination used with the infrared camera, as you all know. The APT can data log the fan flows during the testing. I have a few schools I will be air sealing along with the testing. All of the equipment packs up and is wheeled into a dedicated enclosed trailer so that setup and teardown can be done quickly. Set up in the morning; locate air infiltration sources, duct leakage, and so on; quantify air infiltration; and tear down in the afternoon. It does work well.

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         My name is Doug Carlson, and I’m the weatherization coordinator for Five County Association of Governments in southern Utah. My crew was working on a house in Cedar City, Utah, when they came across this unique heating system. It seems the gentleman’s furnace was not working, so he improvised by using his gas stove.
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