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Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely made it through winter in McMurray just yet. Mother Nature may have a few nice days, but she’s always prepped 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 send 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 effortlessly is vital 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 could 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 developed to automatically switch off should a blockage take place). 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 prevent this from taking place.
  • Inspect the area frequently to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in McMurray will most likely go up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the probability of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At Kowalski Heating & Cooling in McMurray, 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 724-745-7404 or simply set up an appointment with us online to find out more information.