Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in Holdrege isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this happens, you can help elude the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking certain precautions.

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

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

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

We know the weather in Holdrege can change on a daily basis 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 home or if you need answers to any questions, call Durable Service in Holdrege at 308-995-8177. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.