Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Excelsior Springs isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this happens, you can help dodge the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking some precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your residence. However, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s important for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure proper and safe operation.

Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re at risk of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will hinder 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 problems 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 often and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We know the weather in Excelsior Springs can change frequently during the last few weeks of winter and that weather can effect the operation of your furnace. If you want us to review any areas around your house or if you need answers to any questions, call Colvin's Heating and Cooling in Excelsior Springs at 816-379-3918. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.

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