Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely escaped winter in Shelby just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always prepared to remind us that she’s the boss. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a repairman out for furnace service if you keep a few simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces expend 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 easily is vital to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes can exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall may cover your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing the free flow of air needed to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are created to automatically turn off should a blockage happen). To save that from occurring 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 pipes to help prevent this from occurring.
  • Walk around the area regularly to make sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Shelby will most likely fluctuate up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the probability of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At Hopper Heating and Air in Shelby, we are always available to take a look at any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re related to furnace service or adding a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our highest priority. Give us a call at 704-233-7363 to find out more information.

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