Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely escaped winter in West Columbia just yet. Mother Nature has given us a few nice days, but she’s always ready to remind us that she’s in charge. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a repairman out for furnace service if you keep these simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces exhaust waste gases outside of the home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also capture fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move effortlessly is vital to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes usually exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall could submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, hindering the free flow of air needed to run your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically switch off should a blockage take place). To prevent that from happening 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 lines to help stop this from taking place.
  • Check the area frequently to be sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in West Columbia will probably fluctuate up and down over the last few days of cold weather, you can’t count out the possibility of weather that can change the performance of your furnace. At Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. in West Columbia, 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 buying a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our highest priority. Give us a call at 803-265-4208 to find out more information.