Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in Huffman isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this occurs, you can help elude the need for unexpected furnace service by taking a couple precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your home. Nonetheless, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also pull fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s vital for air to be able to move freely to ensure proper 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 case, you’re susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will obstruct the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t fret, though. High efficiency furnaces are meant to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Make sure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance surrounding your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Take a look at the area regularly and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We understand the weather in Huffman can change frequently during the last few weeks of winter and that weather may impact the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your residence or if you have concerns, call Air Houston Mechanical LLC in Huffman at 832-777-1521. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.