Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in East Bernard isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this take place, you can help elude the need for unexpected furnace service by taking some precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your home. Nonetheless, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s important for air to be able to flow freely to ensure proper and safe operation.

Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will hinder the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t panic, though. High efficiency furnaces are planned to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Make sure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance near your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Take a look at the area often and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We understand the weather in East Bernard can change frequently during the last few weeks of winter and that weather may impact the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your house or if you have questions, call E.B. Air, LLC in East Bernard at 979-335-4262. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.