Snowstorms and Furnaces

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Winter in New Castle isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this occurs, you can help dodge the need for surprising furnace service by taking a couple precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your home. Nonetheless, 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.

Sometimes the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re at risk 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 meant to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To avoid 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.
  • Look at the area often and move any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We understand the weather in New Castle can change every day during the last few weeks of winter and that weather may impact the operation of your furnace. If you want us to review any areas around your residence or if you need answers to any questions, call Central Heating & Plumbing in New Castle at 724-401-1843. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.

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