Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in West Columbia isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this happens, 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 moved outside of your house. However, there is a difference between these two. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s important for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure proper and safe operation. Once in a while 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 situation, 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 planned to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to: Ensure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance near your intake and exhaust pipes. Look at the area occasionally and move any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We understand the weather in West Columbia can change on a daily basis 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 have questions, call Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. in West Columbia at 803-796-9172. You can also set up an appointment with us online to get more information. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.