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Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Metro Atlanta isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this take place, you can help dodge the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking some precautions.

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

Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re susceptible to 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 prevent air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

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

We know the weather in Metro Atlanta can change frequently during the last few weeks of winter and that weather may impact the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your residence or if you need answers to any questions, call ACS Inc in Metro Atlanta at 770-939-7500. You can also schedule an appointment with us online to get more information. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.