Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in Circleville isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this take place, you can help elude the need for unexpected furnace service by taking certain precautions.

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

Occasionally the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re in danger of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will hinder the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t worry, though. High efficiency furnaces are meant 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.
  • Examine the area often and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We know the weather in Circleville can change on a daily basis 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 residence or if you have concerns, call Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc in Circleville at 740-474-5940. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.