Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in Elk River isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this happens, you can help elude the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking some precautions.

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

Occasionally the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re in danger of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will obstruct the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t worry, though. High efficiency furnaces are planned to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Ensure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance near your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Take a look at the area often and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We know the weather in Elk River 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 check out any areas around your home or if you need answers to any questions, call Home Comfort Heating & Air in Elk River at 763-276-0617. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.