Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Huntsville isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this take place, you can help elude the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking a couple precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your house. However, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also pull fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s significant for air to be able to move freely to ensure appropriate and safe operation.

Occasionally the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your house 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 fret, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

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

We understand the weather in Huntsville can change every day during the last few weeks of winter and that weather impacts the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your house or if you have concerns, call All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc in Huntsville at 256-801-4701. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.

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