Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in Northglenn isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this take place, you can help dodge the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking some precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is moved outside of your house. However, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also pull fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s vital for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure appropriate and safe operation.

Sometimes the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your house or vertically through the roof. When this is the case, 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 panic, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To avoid air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Make sure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Examine the area occasionally and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We know the weather in Northglenn 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 have questions, call Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Northglenn at 303-452-4146. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.