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Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely escaped winter in Madera just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always ready to remind us that she’s the boss. 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 capture 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 usually exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall can bury your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing the free flow of air needed to run your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are developed to automatically shut off should a blockage happen). To save that from occurring during a heavy snowfall, it’s crucial to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes to help keep this from occurring.
  • Check the area routinely to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Madera will most likely fluctuate up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can change the performance of your furnace. At Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Madera, 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 559-675-1681 or simply set up an appointment with us online to find out more information.