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Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Columbia just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always prepared to remind us that she’s in charge. 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 send waste gases outside of the home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also take in 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 usually exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall may bury your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, inhibiting the free flow of air required to work your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are developed to automatically shut off should a blockage happen). To keep that from occurring during a heavy snowfall, it’s crucial to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust terminations to help keep this from taking place.
  • Walk around the area routinely to make sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Columbia will more than likely go up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At Alltemp Comfort Services LLC in Columbia, we are always available to take a look at any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re about furnace service or adding a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our highest priority. Give us a call at 803-318-6995 or simply schedule an appointment with us online to find out more information.