Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in Huntingburg isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this happens, you can help dodge the need for unexpected furnace service by taking certain precautions.

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

Occasionally the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your house or vertically through the roof. When this is the case, you’re in danger of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will hinder 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 avoid air flow problems during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Ensure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance surrounding your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Examine the area often and move any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We realize the weather in Huntingburg 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 look at any areas around your home or if you have questions, call Dearing's Service & Solutions in Huntingburg at 812-200-5844. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.