Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Carpentersville isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this take place, you can help dodge the need for unexpected furnace service by taking some precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your residence. However, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also pull fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s important for air to be able to move freely to ensure proper 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 is the case, you’re susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will obstruct the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t worry, 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 know the weather in Carpentersville can change frequently 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 questions, call Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc in Carpentersville at 224-412-8308. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.

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