Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Chadron isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this happens, you can help elude the need for unexpected 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 take fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s significant 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 leave through the side of your house or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re in danger of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will block 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 avoid air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to: Ensure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance surrounding your intake and exhaust pipes. Examine the area occasionally and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We know the weather in Chadron can change on a daily basis during the last few weeks of winter and that weather impacts the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your residence or if you have questions, call MPC Heating & Cooling in Chadron at 308-432-5301. You can also arrange an appointment with us online to get additional information. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.