Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely gotten through winter in Scottsboro just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always prepared to remind us that she’s the boss. 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 expend waste gases outdoors. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also take in fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move freely is crucial 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 cover your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, hindering the free flow of air required to run your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are created to automatically turn off should a blockage occur). To keep that from happening 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 lines to help stop this from happening.
  • Check the area frequently to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Scottsboro will most likely go up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro, we are always available to check any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re about 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 256-574-1300 to find out more information.