Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely escaped winter in Kutztown just yet. Mother Nature may have 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 exhaust 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 effortlessly is vital to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes can exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall can submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, hindering the free flow of air needed to work your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are created to automatically turn off should a blockage occur). To keep 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 ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Kutztown will most likely fluctuate up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the probability of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At Moyer Total Indoor Comfort in Kutztown, we are always available to take a look at any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re related to furnace service or purchasing a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our highest priority. Give us a call at 484-646-3363 to find out more information.