Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Abilene isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this occurs, you can help dodge the need for unexpected furnace service by taking certain precautions. The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your home. Nonetheless, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s significant for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure appropriate and safe operation. Occasionally the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your house or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re at risk of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will block the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t worry, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to: Ensure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance near your intake and exhaust pipes. Take a look at the area regularly and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We understand the weather in Abilene 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 review any areas around your residence or if you have concerns, call Abilene Air-Tech Inc in Abilene at 325-692-5850. You can also set up an appointment with us online to get further information. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.