Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Carson City isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this happens, you can help dodge the need for unexpected furnace service by taking a couple precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your home. However, there is a difference between these two. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from the outside 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 depart through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re at risk of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will block 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 surrounding your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Take a look at the area regularly and move any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We understand the weather in Carson City 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 check out any areas around your residence or if you need answers to any questions, call Anderson Heating & A/C in Carson City at 775-230-7628. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.

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