Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely escaped winter in Excelsior Springs just yet. Mother Nature may have a few nice days, but she’s always ready 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 send 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 freely is crucial to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes usually exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall can bury your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, inhibiting the free flow of air you have to have to run your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off should a blockage take place). To keep that from happening 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 pipes to help keep this from occurring.
  • Walk around the area routinely to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Excelsior Springs will more than likely fluctuate up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the possibility of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At Colvin's Inc in Excelsior Springs, we are always available to inspect any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re about furnace service or adding a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our number one priority. Give us a call at 816-630-2702 or simply set up an appointment with us online to find out more information.