Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Wyandotte isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this occurs, you can help elude the need for unexpected furnace service by taking some precautions. The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your home. Nonetheless, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from the outdoors into your house, which means it’s vital for air to be able to move freely to ensure correct and safe operation. Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re at risk of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will block the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t fret, though. High efficiency furnaces are meant to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow problems during a heavy snowfall, be sure to: Ensure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes. Look at the area often and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We understand the weather in Wyandotte can change on a daily basis during the last few weeks of winter and that weather may impact the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your house or if you need answers to any questions, call Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning in Wyandotte at 734-284-1224. You can also arrange an appointment with us online to get additional information. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.