Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely escaped winter in Columbus just yet. Mother Nature may have a few nice days, but she’s always ready 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 a couple simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces exhaust waste gases out of your home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also capture fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move effortlessly is critical 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 may cover your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, inhibiting the free flow of air needed to work your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are created to automatically switch off should a blockage happen). To save that from happening 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 pipes to help prevent this from happening.
  • Walk around the area frequently to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Columbus will probably go up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the possibility of weather that can change the performance of your furnace. At Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling in Columbus, we are always available to inspect 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 number one priority. Give us a call at 614-451-0846 to find out more information.

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