Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Excelsior Springs isn’t quite over 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 dodge the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking a couple precautions. The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is moved 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 move freely to ensure proper and safe operation. Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit 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 panic, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to: Ensure 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 home or if you need answers to any questions, call Colvin's Inc in Excelsior Springs at 816-630-2702. You can also set up an appointment with us online to get further information. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.