Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Heflin just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with 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 a professional for furnace service if you keep a few 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 take in fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move effortlessly 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 could cover your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, hindering the free flow of air needed to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are created to automatically switch off should a blockage take place). To prevent that from taking place 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 terminations to help prevent this from happening.
  • Walk around the area routinely to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Heflin will more than likely fluctuate 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 Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc in Heflin, we are always available to take a look at any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re about furnace service or purchasing a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our number one priority. Give us a call at 256-270-1196 to find out more information.

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