Snowstorms and Furnaces

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

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

Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your home 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 fret, though. High efficiency furnaces are planned to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To avoid air flow problems during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Ensure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance surrounding your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • 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 important to us.

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