Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely escaped winter in Bossier City just yet. Mother Nature has given us a few nice days, but she’s always prepared to remind us that she’s in charge. 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 transfer in 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 could exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall can submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing the free flow of air required to work your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are developed to automatically shut off should a blockage happen). To keep that from occurring during a heavy snowfall, it’s critical to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes to help prevent this from taking place.
  • Check the area regularly to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Bossier City will most likely go up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc in Bossier City, we are always available to check any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re related 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 318-855-2326 to find out more information.