Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Kearney just yet. Mother Nature may have 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 a professional for furnace service if you keep these simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces send waste gases outdoors. 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 vital to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes usually exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall could submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing 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 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 lines to help keep this from occurring.
  • Check the area regularly to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Kearney will probably go up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the possibility of weather that can alter 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 in regards to 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 308-624-3485 to find out more information.