Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely escaped winter in Norton just yet. Mother Nature has given us a few nice days, but she’s always prepared to remind us that she’s in full control. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call us for for furnace service if you keep a couple simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces exhaust waste gases outdoors. 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 crucial to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes could exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall may bury your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing the free flow of air required to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically turn off should a blockage take place). To save 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.
  • Inspect the area frequently to be sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Norton will probably swing up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the possibility of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At HCE Systems Inc in Norton, we are always available to inspect any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re related to furnace service or buying a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our highest priority. Give us a call at 276-302-0076 to find out more information.