Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely escaped winter in Kearney just yet. Mother Nature has given us a few nice days, but she’s always ready to remind us that she’s in full control. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a repairman out for furnace service if you keep these simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces send 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 critical 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 required to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically switch off should a blockage occur). To save that from occurring during a heavy snowfall, it’s important to:

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

While the weather in Kearney will probably swing up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the probability of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning in Kearney, we are always available to check 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 highest priority. Give us a call at 308-624-3485 to find out more information.

Back To Blog