Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Racine just yet. Mother Nature has given us 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 us for for furnace service if you keep these 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 capture fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move effortlessly is crucial 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 may submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, hindering the free flow of air you have to have to run your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically switch off should a blockage take place). To save that from taking place 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.
  • Walk around the area regularly to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Racine will probably fluctuate up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc in Racine, we are always available to check any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re in regards to furnace service or adding a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our top priority. Give us a call at 262-358-9468 to find out more information.