Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Middle Georgia isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this happens, you can help dodge the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking certain precautions.

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

Sometimes the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this is the case, you’re susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will block the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t panic, though. High efficiency furnaces are meant to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent 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.
  • Examine the area regularly and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We understand the weather in Middle Georgia 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 home or if you have questions, call Air Concepts of Middle Georgia in Middle Georgia at 478-200-5689. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.

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