Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in Genoa isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this happens, you can help dodge the need for unexpected furnace service by taking some precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your residence. However, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from outside the home 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 leave through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this is the case, you’re susceptible to 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:

  • Confirm there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Examine the area regularly and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We know the weather in Genoa 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 look at any areas around your house or if you have questions, call Assured Appliance and Heating & Air in Genoa at 847-306-8990. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.