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Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely gotten through winter in Anchorage just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always ready to remind us that she’s in full control. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a professional 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 critical to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes usually 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 needed to run your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off should a blockage happen). To save that from occurring 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 terminations to help stop this from occurring.
  • Walk around the area regularly to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Anchorage will more than likely fluctuate up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the possibility of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services in Anchorage, we are always available to take a look at any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re related to furnace service or adding a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our highest priority. Give us a call at 907-202-9798 to find out more information.