Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Carpentersville isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this take place, you can help dodge the need for surprising furnace service by taking a couple precautions. The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your residence. But, there is a difference between these two. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s significant for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure correct and safe operation. Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your house or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will obstruct the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t panic, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to: Confirm there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance near your intake and exhaust pipes. Look at the area occasionally and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We understand the weather in Carpentersville can change frequently during the last few weeks of winter and that weather may impact the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your house or if you have questions, call Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc in Carpentersville at 224-699-9229. You can also set up an appointment with us online to get further information. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.