Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely gotten through winter in Abilene 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 us for for furnace service if you keep a few simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces send 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 freely is crucial to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes usually exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall could submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, hindering the free flow of air you have to have to run your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are created to automatically shut off should a blockage take place). To prevent that from occurring during a heavy snowfall, it’s crucial to:

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

While the weather in Abilene will most likely swing up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the probability of weather that can change the performance of your furnace. At Abilene Air-Tech Inc in Abilene, we are always available to inspect any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re about furnace service or purchasing a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our number one priority. Give us a call at 325-200-4667 to find out more information.

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