Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely gotten through winter in Wyandotte just yet. Mother Nature may have 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 us for for furnace service if you keep a couple 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 freely is vital 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 may 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 developed to automatically shut off should a blockage occur). To prevent 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 terminations to help keep this from occurring.
  • Inspect the area frequently to be sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Wyandotte will most likely go up and down over the last few days of cold weather, you can’t count out the possibility of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning in Wyandotte, we are always available to check any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re related to 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 734-363-8907 to find out more information.