Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Wheeling isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this take place, you can help elude the need for unexpected furnace service by taking a couple precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is moved outside of your house. Nonetheless, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from the outdoors into your house, which means it’s vital for air to be able to flow freely to ensure proper and safe operation.

Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re at risk of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will obstruct the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t worry, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow problems during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

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

We realize the weather in Wheeling 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 review any areas around your residence or if you have concerns, call Local HVAC Repair & Service in Wheeling at 224-300-4806. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.

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