Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Menomonie and western Wisconsin just yet. Mother Nature may have a few nice days, but she’s always prepped to remind us that she’s in charge. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a professional for furnace service if you keep these simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces expend waste gases outdoors. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also capture fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move freely is crucial to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes could exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall can submerge 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 created to automatically turn off should a blockage take place). To save that from taking place during a heavy snowfall, it’s crucial to:

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

While the weather in Menomonie and western Wisconsin will most likely swing up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the probability of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At Halverson Brothers Inc in Menomonie and western Wisconsin, we are always available to check any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re related to furnace service or buying a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our highest priority. Give us a call at 715-352-4052 to find out more information.

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