Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Thedford just yet. Mother Nature may have a few nice days, but she’s always prepared to remind us that she’s in full control. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a repairman out for furnace service if you keep a couple simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces send waste gases out of your home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also take in fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move easily is vital to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes could exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall could cover your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, inhibiting the free flow of air you have to have to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are created to automatically switch off should a blockage take place). To keep that from occurring during a heavy snowfall, it’s crucial to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust lines to help prevent this from occurring.
  • Inspect the area regularly to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Thedford will probably fluctuate up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning in Thedford, we are always available to take a look at any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re related to furnace service or adding a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our number one priority. Give us a call at 519-296-4437 to find out more information.