Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Derby isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this occurs, you can help dodge the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking a couple precautions.

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

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

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

We understand the weather in Derby can change every day during the last few weeks of winter and that weather can effect the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your house or if you have concerns, call Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning in Derby at 203-734-7648. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.

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