Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely gotten through winter in Plover just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always prepared to remind us that she’s the boss. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call us for for furnace service if you keep these simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces expend waste gases outside of the home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also transfer in fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move easily 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, inhibiting the free flow of air required to run your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off should a blockage occur). To prevent that from occurring 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 happening.
  • Check the area routinely to be sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Plover will more than likely swing up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the possibility of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At Point Heating & Cooling in Plover, we are always available to inspect 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 highest priority. Give us a call at 715-504-0533 to find out more information.