Winter in Chadron isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this happens, you can help avoid the need for surprising furnace service by taking some precautions.
The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your home. 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 important for air to be able to move freely to ensure correct and safe operation.
Once in a while 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 in danger of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will block the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t panic, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent 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.
- Examine the area regularly and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.
We understand 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 check out any areas around your residence or if you have questions, call MPC Heating & Cooling in Chadron at 308-832-4321. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.