Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in Jefferson City isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this occurs, you can help elude the need for surprising furnace service by taking some precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your residence. But, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s significant for air to be able to move freely to ensure proper and safe operation.

Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your house or vertically through the roof. When this is the case, you’re susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will hinder the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t fret, though. High efficiency furnaces are planned 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.
  • Take a look at the area often and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We know the weather in Jefferson City can change frequently during the last few weeks of winter and that weather can effect the operation of your furnace. If you want us to review any areas around your residence or if you have concerns, call Stieferman Heating Company Inc in Jefferson City at 573-203-3908. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.