Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in Hamilton isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it can 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 some precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed 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 important for air to be able to move freely to ensure correct and safe operation.

Sometimes 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 in danger of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will block the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t worry, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow problems during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

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

We understand the weather in Hamilton can change on a daily basis during the last few weeks of winter and that weather impacts the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your house or if you have questions, call Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC in Hamilton at 513-268-5164. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.