BGE Home Energy Audit Finds - Furnace Flue Chase
We found this open chase at a BGE enery audit in Ellicott City, MD.
This home was build in the late 80s. This chase has been open for over thirty years costing the homeowner hundreds and comfort.
Learn more about the effects of a flue chase on comfort and energy bills here.
If you have a gas furnace look for a flue or chimney on your roof. This is a sign you may have an open chase.
A closer look at how the flue for the water heater and the furnace tap into the larger flue that runs up through the attic and to the "outdoors".
A closer look at the flue in the attic.
Looking at the huge gap into the cavity in the house straight down also reveals how connected the attic is to the rest of the house.
The flue (chimney) starts in the basement and it connects to the water heater & furnace. It runs up through the house.
The flue from the basement rises up through a cavity in the house and through the attic and through the roof to the outdoors.
An energy auditor's perspective shows a tremendous offender when it comes to energy waste and comfort issues.
A solution that can easily be done is to block the opening with some type of air barrier and seal around the seam in an airtight fashion.
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