Winter in Georgetown isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this occurs, you can help elude 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 home. However, there is a difference between the two. 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 appropriate and safe operation.
Occasionally the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your house or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re in danger of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will hinder the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t panic, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To avoid air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:
- Confirm there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes.
- Take a look at the area occasionally and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.
We realize the weather in Georgetown can change every day 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 Miller Climate Control LLC in Georgetown at 512-937-2001. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.