Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in Katy isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this happens, you can help elude the need for unexpected furnace service by taking a couple precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your home. But, there is a difference between these two. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s vital 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 leave 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 obstruct the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t fret, though. High efficiency furnaces are meant to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Confirm there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Look at the area occasionally and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We realize the weather in Katy can change every day during the last few weeks of winter and that weather may impact the operation of your furnace. If you want us to review any areas around your home or if you have concerns, call Goode Bros AC & Heating in Katy at (833)-466-3322. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.