Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in Montoursville isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this take place, 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 home. However, there is a difference between these two. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s important for air to be able to move freely to ensure correct and safe operation.

Sometimes 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 in danger of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will hinder 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 obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Make sure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance surrounding your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Examine the area often and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We realize the weather in Montoursville can change on a daily basis during the last few weeks of winter and that weather can effect the operation of your furnace. If you want us to review any areas around your home or if you need answers to any questions, call Airmen HVAC Service in Montoursville at 570-322-3131. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.