Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Waterloo just yet. Mother Nature has given us a few nice days, but she’s always ready to remind us that she’s the boss. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call us for for furnace service if you keep these simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces exhaust waste gases out of your home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also transfer in fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move freely is crucial to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes can exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall can bury your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, hindering the free flow of air you have to have to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off should a blockage happen). To prevent that from occurring during a heavy snowfall, it’s critical to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes to help keep this from occurring.
  • Inspect the area routinely to be sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Waterloo will most likely go up and down over the last few days of cold weather, you can’t count out the possibility of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At Cronin-Verheul Heating & A/C Ltd in Waterloo, we are always available to take a look at any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re about furnace service or adding a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our number one priority. Give us a call at 519-664-0600 to find out more information.

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