Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Moline just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always prepared to remind us that she’s in full control. 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 exhaust 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 crucial to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes could exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall can submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, hindering the free flow of air needed to work your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically switch off should a blockage happen). To prevent that from happening 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 terminations to help keep this from occurring.
  • Walk around the area frequently to be sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Moline will more than likely fluctuate up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the possibility of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At Freed Heating & Air Conditioning in Moline, we are always available to inspect any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re in regards to furnace service or buying a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our top priority. Give us a call at 309-323-9584 to find out more information.

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