Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Mechanicsville just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always prepped to remind us that she’s in charge. 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 expend waste gases outdoors. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also capture fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move effortlessly is crucial 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 submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing the free flow of air required to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically turn off should a blockage take place). 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 prevent this from happening.
  • Inspect the area regularly to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Mechanicsville will more than likely go up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At M & S Heating & Air LLC in Mechanicsville, 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 top priority. Give us a call at 301-363-4699 to find out more information.

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