Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in Lawrence isn’t done 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 certain precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your residence. 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 flow freely to ensure appropriate and safe operation.

Occasionally the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave 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 designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To avoid 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.
  • Take a look at the area occasionally and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We know the weather in Lawrence can change on a daily basis during the last few weeks of winter and that weather may impact the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your home or if you have questions, call Scott Temperature in Lawrence at 785-269-0465. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.