Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely escaped winter in Kearney just yet. Mother Nature may have a few nice days, but she’s always prepared 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 easily 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 could bury your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, inhibiting the free flow of air needed to run your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are created to automatically switch off should a blockage occur). To keep that from occurring during a heavy snowfall, it’s crucial to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust terminations to help keep this from happening.
  • Check the area routinely 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 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 highest priority. Give us a call at 308-624-3485 to find out more information.

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