Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in Marshfield isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this take place, you can help elude the need for surprising furnace service by taking some precautions.

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

Sometimes the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart 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 worry, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed 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 surrounding your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Examine the area regularly and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We realize the weather in Marshfield can change frequently during the last few weeks of winter and that weather can effect the operation of your furnace. If you want us to review any areas around your house or if you need answers to any questions, call House of Heating Incorporated in Marshfield at 715-384-3163. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.