Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely escaped winter in McMurray just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with 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 a few simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces exhaust waste gases outdoors. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also capture fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move effortlessly is critical 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 could cover 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 switch off should a blockage happen). To prevent 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 occurring.
  • Inspect the area routinely to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in McMurray will probably swing up and down over the last few days of cold weather, you can’t count out the probability of weather that can change the performance of your furnace. At Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing in McMurray, we are always available to check any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re in regards to furnace service or purchasing a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our number one priority. Give us a call at 724-370-0141 to find out more information.