Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Greensburg isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this happens, you can help avoid the need for surprising furnace service by taking a couple 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 the outdoors into your house, which means it’s important for air to be able to flow freely to ensure correct and safe operation.

Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your house or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re susceptible to 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 prevent air flow obstruction 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 occasionally and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We know the weather in Greensburg can change frequently 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 home or if you need answers to any questions, call Wallpe Heating & Cooling in Greensburg at 812-638-4232. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.

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