Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in Chatsworth isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this happens, you can help dodge 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 house. However, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also pull fresh air from the outdoors into your house, which means it’s vital for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure proper and safe operation.

Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this is the case, you’re susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will obstruct the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t panic, 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:

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

We understand the weather in Chatsworth can change frequently during the last few weeks of winter and that weather can effect the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your house or if you need answers to any questions, call True Temp Heating & Air Inc in Chatsworth at 706-695-7492. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.