Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Paxinos just yet. Mother Nature has given us a few nice days, but she’s always prepped 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 expend 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 easily 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 you have to have to run your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are developed to automatically switch off should a blockage take place). To prevent that from happening during a heavy snowfall, it’s crucial to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust lines to help keep this from happening.
  • Inspect the area routinely to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Paxinos will probably go up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can change the performance of your furnace. At LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. in Paxinos, we are always available to inspect any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re in regards to furnace service or purchasing a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our highest priority. Give us a call at 570-648-0748 to find out more information.