Winter in Derby isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this happens, 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 pushed outside of your home. However, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s important for air to be able to move 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 is the case, you’re susceptible to 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 stop air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:
- Ensure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes.
- Examine the area regularly and move any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.
We understand the weather in Derby can change on a daily basis during the last few weeks of winter and that weather can effect the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your house or if you have concerns, call Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning in Derby at 203-772-8319. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.