Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Perry 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 these 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 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 can submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing the free flow of air you have to have to work your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are created to automatically shut off should a blockage take place). To save that from occurring during a heavy snowfall, it’s important to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes to help keep this from happening.
  • Inspect the area frequently to make sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Perry will most likely fluctuate up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can change the performance of your furnace. At Gillman Heating and Air in Perry, we are always available to inspect any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re about furnace service or buying a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our number one priority. Give us a call at 478-202-3076 to find out more information.

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