Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Alice isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this occurs, you can help elude the need for unexpected furnace service by taking certain precautions.

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

Occasionally the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this is the case, you’re in danger of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will obstruct the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t worry, though. High efficiency furnaces are meant to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent air flow problems during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Make sure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance near your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Examine the area regularly and move any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We realize the weather in Alice 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 house or if you have questions, call Rescue Heating & Air in Alice at 361-265-4371. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.

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