Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely escaped winter in Ballwin and St. Charles just yet. Mother Nature may have a few nice days, but she’s always prepped 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 a few 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 take in fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move freely 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 can cover your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, inhibiting the free flow of air needed to work your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are created to automatically shut off should a blockage occur). To keep 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 lines to help prevent this from occurring.
  • Check the area regularly to be sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Ballwin and St. Charles will most likely go up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At Air Alliance Team in Ballwin and St. Charles, 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 adding a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our top priority. Give us a call at 636-206-4250 to find out more information.