Snowstorms and Furnaces

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Winter in Westminster isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this occurs, you can help avoid the need for unexpected furnace service by taking a couple precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your residence. But, there is a difference between the 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 move freely to ensure proper and safe operation.

Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your house or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will obstruct the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t panic, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Confirm 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 realize the weather in Westminster can change frequently 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 house or if you need answers to any questions, call True Heating & Cooling in Westminster at 720-316-1898. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.

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