Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Huntsville just yet. Mother Nature has given us a few nice days, but she’s always ready to remind us that she’s the boss. 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 exhaust waste gases outdoors. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also capture fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move effortlessly is crucial to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes can exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall may submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, hindering the free flow of air needed to run your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off should a blockage happen). To keep that from happening during a heavy snowfall, it’s important to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust terminations to help keep this from happening.
  • Inspect the area frequently to be sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Huntsville will probably fluctuate up and down over the last few days of cold weather, you can’t count out the possibility of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc in Huntsville, we are always available to inspect any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re in regards to furnace service or adding a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our top priority. Give us a call at 256-801-4701 to find out more information.