I’m not talking about the Oliver Twists of the world, but the orphans I’m referring may be in your home, in closets, basements and garages.
What I’m referring to is something our advisors come across in an energy audit on a regular basis, an orphaned appliance; usually it’s a naturally drafting water heater. It means that the small flue that comes off of the orphaned appliance runs to a larger chimney that used to share another combustion appliance with. Without the larger one to help, the orphaned appliance can struggle to draw properly.
In fact it may not draw at all, which means the unhealthy combustion gasses will enter your home instead of exit it, that can be dangerous.
This is why it is so important to have a professional test the health and safety of equipment in your home as well as test the home itself and how it can influence the equipment. Not every heating technician does this on a regular seasonal tune up. Our energy advisors check for carbon monoxide in the equipment and throughout the home. We check how fans and doors in the home interact with the area combustion appliances live. We keep an eye out for orphans every day do every day as BPI certified auditors. There’s much more to a comprehensive energy audit than energy!
Help these orphans and help make your home a safer one!
Orphan flyer picture: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AOrphan_train_flyer.jpg