Winter in Carpentersville isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this occurs, you can help avoid the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking certain precautions.
The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your residence. However, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s significant for air to be able to flow freely to ensure correct and safe operation.
Sometimes the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re in danger of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will hinder 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 avoid air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:
- Ensure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance surrounding your intake and exhaust pipes.
- Look at the area often and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.
We understand the weather in Carpentersville can change every day during the last few weeks of winter and that weather can effect the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your house or if you have concerns, call Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc in Carpentersville at 224-412-8308. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.