Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Front Royal just yet. Mother Nature has given us 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 a professional for furnace service if you keep a few simple things in mind.

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

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes could exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall may cover your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, hindering the free flow of air required to run your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are developed to automatically turn off should a blockage happen). To keep that from occurring 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 lines to help stop this from taking place.
  • Walk around the area frequently to be sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Front Royal will most likely swing up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At Dave's Diversified Services in Front Royal, we are always available to take a look at any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re in regards to furnace service or adding a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our top priority. Give us a call at 540-369-3971 to find out more information.

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