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Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in Plainfield isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this occurs, you can help dodge the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking some precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is moved outside of your residence. But, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s significant for air to be able to move freely to ensure correct and safe operation.

Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your house or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will hinder the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t panic, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

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

We understand the weather in Plainfield can change every day during the last few weeks of winter and that weather impacts the operation of your furnace. If you want us to review any areas around your residence or if you have concerns, call PWA Heating & Cooling Inc in Plainfield at 815-410-1231. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.