Snowstorms and Furnaces

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Winter in Greenville isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this take place, you can help avoid the need for unexpected furnace service by taking a couple precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your residence. However, there is a difference between these two. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s vital for air to be able to flow freely to ensure appropriate and safe operation.

Sometimes the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re at risk of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will obstruct the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t fret, though. High efficiency furnaces are planned to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Make sure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance near your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Examine the area often and move any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We understand the weather in Greenville can change on a daily basis during the last few weeks of winter and that weather can effect the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your house or if you have concerns, call Ken Parker Service Inc in Greenville at 903-246-4877. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.

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