Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016We haven’t completely escaped winter in Scottsboro just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always ready to remind us that she’s in charge. 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 outside of the home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also take in fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move easily 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 bury your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, inhibiting 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 save 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 lines to help stop this from happening. Inspect the area frequently to make sure that it stays clear. While the weather in Scottsboro will most likely fluctuate 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 top priority. Give us a call at 256-574-1300 or simply set up an appointment with us online to find out more information.