Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely escaped winter in Bloomfield just yet. Mother Nature may have a few nice days, but she’s always prepped to remind us that she’s the boss. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a repairman out for furnace service if you keep a few simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces send waste gases out of your home. 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 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 can cover your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, hindering the free flow of air required to work your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are created to automatically shut off should a blockage happen). To prevent that from happening during a heavy snowfall, it’s important to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes to help stop this from happening.
  • Check the area routinely to be sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Bloomfield will probably go up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can change the performance of your furnace. At Stanford Heating & Cooling in Bloomfield, 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 purchasing a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our highest priority. Give us a call at 812-825-8695 to find out more information.

Back To Blog