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Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely gotten through winter in Sacramento just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always prepped to remind us that she’s in full control. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a repairman out for furnace service if you keep these simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces expend 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 effortlessly is critical 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 could bury your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, inhibiting the free flow of air needed to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are created to automatically turn off should a blockage happen). To save that from taking place during a heavy snowfall, it’s important to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust lines to help stop this from occurring.
  • Check the area regularly to make sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Sacramento will more than likely swing up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the probability of weather that can change the performance of your furnace. At American HVAC Inc in Sacramento, we are always available to inspect any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re related to furnace service or adding a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our number one priority. Give us a call at 916-243-6714 to find out more information.