Columbus Ohio real estate

Home Inspections: Bats In the Furnace

bat Home inspections are an important part of the home buying process.  I have never heard of it before but bats in the furnace is probably more common in the mid-west than alligator in furnace  (and that was in Michigan.) Either bats or alligators would be grounds for Scary Furnace Friday for me though. 

Thanks to Greg, a home inspector in Omaha for allowing his post originally titled 'Home Inspections Omaha:  Bats Inside Furnace!'  to be Re-Blogged. 

Every Friday is Furnace Friday on this site, the first Friday of the month is Furnace Filter Friday, a reminder to change your furnace filter regularly... Next Friday is Furnace Filter Friday.  The first Friday of August 2010 was the first Furnace Friday. 

Most Furnace Friday posts are about home maintenance.  While many Furnace Friday posts are written by home inspectors only a few Furnace Friday posts are about home inspection.

Luckily, this Omaha Nebraska home didn't have any live bats in the attic when I had to venture up there.  What surprised me, however, was when I pulled the blower out of the furnace to perform a hydro test on the heat exchanger, there ended up being at least 3 dead bats stuck to the furnace cavity between the blower and the heat exchanger.  I'm sure glad it was winter during this inspection!

(Note: the photo is sideways and the bats had been up there a while.) 

Now, why did the house smell every time the furnace turned on!?!

Bats inside furnace

Greg Wayman, ASHI Certified Inspector

Foundation-2-Rooftop, Inc.



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Comment balloon 6 commentsMaureen McCabe • July 29 2011 07:04AM


Maureen, I have not heard of Bats in the furnace and am going to be scared from now on when I go to home inspections.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 8 years ago

Maureen, I am creeped out by bats although I've seen enough Nature shows to know they offer positive things to the ecosystem. This would be a hard inspection for me to be on.

Posted by Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker ( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley ) about 8 years ago

So why did the furnace smell when turned on? Sounds like toasted bats!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) about 8 years ago


Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) about 8 years ago

Talk about some stupid bats.  I've never run into that, thank heaven.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) about 8 years ago

We have smart bats in Ohio....

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) about 8 years ago