Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in Booneville isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this happens, you can help dodge the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking some precautions.

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

Sometimes the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this is the case, you’re susceptible to 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 meant to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To avoid air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Confirm there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance near your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Take a look at the area often and move any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We know the weather in Booneville can change frequently during the last few weeks of winter and that weather impacts the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your house or if you have questions, call Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC in Booneville at 662-269-8716. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.