Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Saint Charles isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this occurs, you can help elude the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking a couple precautions.

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

Sometimes the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your house or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will obstruct the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t worry, though. High efficiency furnaces are meant to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Make sure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Look at the area regularly and move any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We know the weather in Saint Charles can change on a daily basis during the last few weeks of winter and that weather can effect the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your house or if you have questions, call Air Alliance Team in Saint Charles at 636-229-1544. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.

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