Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely gotten through winter in Tucker just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with 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 exhaust 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 freely 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 cover your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, inhibiting the free flow of air required to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are developed to automatically turn off should a blockage happen). To keep that from happening during a heavy snowfall, it’s important to:

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

While the weather in Tucker will more than likely fluctuate up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can change the performance of your furnace. At ACS Heating and Air Conditioning in Tucker, we are always available to check 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 number one priority. Give us a call at 770-450-1539 to find out more information.