Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Plainfield just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always prepped to remind us that she’s in charge. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a professional for furnace service if you keep a few simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces send waste gases out of your 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 crucial 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 bury your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, inhibiting the free flow of air needed to work your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are developed to automatically switch off should a blockage happen). To save 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 happening.
  • Inspect the area regularly to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Plainfield will more than likely fluctuate up and down over the last few days of cold weather, you can’t count out the probability of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At PWA Heating & Cooling Inc in Plainfield, 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 top priority. Give us a call at 815-410-1231 to find out more information.

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