Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely gotten through winter in New Castle just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always prepared to remind us that she’s in full control. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a professional for furnace service if you keep these simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces exhaust waste gases outdoors. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also transfer in fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move effortlessly is critical to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes could exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall can cover your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing the free flow of air needed to run your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are developed to automatically turn off should a blockage occur). To keep that from happening during a heavy snowfall, it’s critical to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust terminations to help keep this from occurring.
  • Walk around the area frequently to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in New Castle will most likely swing up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the possibility of weather that can change the performance of your furnace. At Central Heating & Plumbing in New Castle, we are always available to check any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re about furnace service or buying a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our top priority. Give us a call at 724-401-1843 to find out more information.