Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely escaped winter in Rocky Mount just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always prepared to remind us that she’s in full control. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call us for for furnace service if you keep a few simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces exhaust waste gases outside of the home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also capture fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move effortlessly is critical to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes can exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall can submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, inhibiting the free flow of air needed to work your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off should a blockage happen). To save that from taking place during a heavy snowfall, it’s crucial to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes to help stop this from taking place.
  • Walk around the area routinely to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Rocky Mount will probably swing up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the probability of weather that can change the performance of your furnace. At Davis Heating & Air Conditioning in Rocky Mount, we are always available to inspect any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re about furnace service or buying a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our top priority. Give us a call at 540-369-3790 to find out more information.