Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Pocatello just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always prepared to remind us that she’s the boss. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call us for for furnace service if you keep a couple 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 take in fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move easily is vital to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes can exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall may cover your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing the free flow of air required to work your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are created to automatically turn off should a blockage occur). To prevent 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 taking place.
  • Walk around the area regularly to make sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Pocatello will probably swing up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the probability of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At Vogts Heating & Air in Pocatello, we are always available to check 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 highest priority. Give us a call at 208-621-0129 to find out more information.

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