Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely escaped winter in Greater Richmond just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always prepped to remind us that she’s in charge. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call us for for furnace service if you keep a few simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces expend 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 effortlessly is critical to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes could exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall could submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, hindering the free flow of air needed to work your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off should a blockage happen). To save that from taking place 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 lines to help stop this from happening.
  • Inspect the area routinely to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Greater Richmond will probably go up and down over the last few days of cold weather, you can’t count out the probability of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in Greater Richmond, we are always available to check any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re about furnace service or purchasing a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our highest priority. Give us a call at 804-302-6657 to find out more information.

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