Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in Central Point isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this happens, you can help avoid the need for surprising furnace service by taking a couple precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is moved outside of your house. But, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s significant for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure correct and safe operation.

Sometimes the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your house or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will obstruct the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t fret, though. High efficiency furnaces are planned 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 near your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Examine the area regularly and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We know the weather in Central Point can change frequently during the last few weeks of winter and that weather may impact the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your house or if you have questions, call Titan Heating & Air Conditioning in Central Point at 514-600-5499. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.