Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Kingsville isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this occurs, you can help dodge the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking certain precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your house. However, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s important for air to be able to flow freely to ensure correct and safe operation.

Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this is the case, you’re in danger of 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 planned to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow issues 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 often and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We know the weather in Kingsville can change frequently during the last few weeks of winter and that weather impacts the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your house or if you need answers to any questions, call Four Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating LLC in Kingsville at 361-214-1203. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.

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