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Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Carson City isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can certainly 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 surprising furnace service by taking some precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is moved outside of your home. However, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from the outdoors into your house, which means it’s important for air to be able to flow freely to ensure appropriate 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 happens, you’re in danger of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will hinder the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t fret, though. High efficiency furnaces are planned to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Ensure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Take a look at the area regularly and move any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We know the weather in Carson City can change on a daily basis during the last few weeks of winter and that weather may impact the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your residence or if you have questions, call Anderson Heating & A/C in Carson City at 775-882-8154. You can also set up an appointment with us online to get additional information. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.