Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely escaped winter in Middletown just yet. Mother Nature has given us a few nice days, but she’s always ready to remind us that she’s the boss. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call us for for furnace service if you keep these 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 effortlessly is critical to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes can exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall may bury your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, hindering the free flow of air you have to have to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are developed to automatically turn off should a blockage occur). To save that from occurring during a heavy snowfall, it’s important to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes to help stop this from taking place.
  • Check the area regularly to be sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Middletown will most likely go 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 SchagrinGAS Company in Middletown, we are always available to inspect any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re in regards to furnace service or purchasing a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our highest priority. Give us a call at 302-231-1380 to find out more information.