Snowstorms and Furnaces

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We haven’t completely gotten through winter in Columbia just yet. Mother Nature may have a few nice days, but she’s always prepped to remind us that she’s the boss. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a professional for furnace service if you keep a few simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces expend waste gases out of your home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also take in fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move easily 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 cover 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 developed to automatically turn off should a blockage take place). To save that from happening during a heavy snowfall, it’s critical 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.
  • Walk around the area routinely to make sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Columbia 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 impact the performance of your furnace. At Watts Electrical & Air Conditioning in Columbia, we are always available to check any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re related to furnace service or adding a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our highest priority. Give us a call at 601-272-8497 to find out more information.

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