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Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Reeds Spring isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this happens, you can help avoid the need for unexpected furnace service by taking certain precautions.

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

Occasionally the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this happens, 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 panic, though. High efficiency furnaces are meant to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Confirm there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance surrounding your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Look at the area occasionally and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We realize the weather in Reeds Spring 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 review any areas around your residence or if you have questions, call All Seasons Comfort Systems Inc in Reeds Spring at 417-739-4606. You can also arrange an appointment with us online to get more information. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.