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Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely gotten through winter in Hamilton just yet. Mother Nature may have a few nice days, but she’s always prepped to remind us that she’s in full control. 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 can exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall can submerge 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 created to automatically switch off should a blockage take place). To keep that from occurring 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 pipes to help keep this from taking place.
  • Walk around the area routinely to make sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Hamilton will probably fluctuate up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the probability of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC in Hamilton, we are always available to take a look at any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re about furnace service or adding a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our highest priority. Give us a call at 513-275-3601 or simply schedule an appointment with us online to find out more information.