Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely escaped winter in Columbia just yet. Mother Nature has given us a few nice days, but she’s always prepped to remind us that she’s in full control. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a repairman out for furnace service if you keep these simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces send waste gases outside of the home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also transfer in fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move freely is critical to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes could exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall may cover 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 developed to automatically switch off should a blockage occur). To prevent that from taking place 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 pipes to help prevent this from taking place.
  • Walk around the area regularly to be sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Columbia will probably fluctuate up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the possibility of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At Watts Electric & A/C Inc in Columbia, we are always available to check 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 highest priority. Give us a call at 601-736-7362 to find out more information.