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Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Middletown isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this take place, you can help dodge the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking certain precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your home. Nonetheless, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also pull fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s important for air to be able to flow freely to ensure proper and safe operation.

Occasionally the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will block 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:

  • Confirm 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 understand the weather in Middletown can change frequently during the last few weeks of winter and that weather impacts the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your residence or if you have questions, call Schagrin Gas Company in Middletown at 302-658-2000. You can also schedule an appointment with us online to get more information. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.