Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely gotten through winter in Auburn 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 a couple simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces exhaust waste gases outside of the home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also capture 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 usually exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall can cover your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing the free flow of air you have to have to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically switch off should a blockage take place). To keep that from happening 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 lines to help keep this from occurring.
  • Inspect the area frequently to make sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Auburn will probably swing 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 Forster Heating in Auburn, we are always available to check 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 530-885-8081 to find out more information.

We haven’t completely gotten through winter in Auburn 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 a couple simple things in mind. Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces exhaust waste gases outside of the home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also capture 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 usually exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall can cover your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing the free flow of air you have to have to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically switch off should a blockage take place). To keep that from happening 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 lines to help keep this from occurring. Inspect the area frequently to make sure that it stays clear. While the weather in Auburn will probably swing 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 Forster Heating in Auburn, we are always available to check 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 530-885-8081 to find out more information. ">