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Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely escaped winter in Metro Atlanta just yet. Mother Nature may have a few nice days, but she’s always prepared to remind us that she’s in charge. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a repairman out for furnace service if you keep a few simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces expend waste gases out of your home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also transfer 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 submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, inhibiting the free flow of air you have to have to work your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are created to automatically turn off should a blockage take place). To prevent that from happening during a heavy snowfall, it’s critical to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust lines to help keep this from happening.
  • Check the area frequently to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Metro Atlanta will more than likely fluctuate up and down over the last few days of cold weather, you can’t count out the probability of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At ACS Inc in Metro Atlanta, we are always available to inspect any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re related to furnace service or purchasing a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our highest priority. Give us a call at 770-939-7500 or simply set up an appointment with us online to find out more information.