Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in Excelsior Springs isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can typically 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 certain precautions.

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

Sometimes the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re in danger of 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 designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent 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 occasionally and move any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We understand 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 home 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 important to us.