Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016We haven’t completely made it through winter in Keokuk just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always prepared to remind us that she’s in charge. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a repairman out for furnace service if you keep a few simple things in mind. Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces exhaust waste gases out of your home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also take in fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move freely is crucial to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit. High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes can exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall may cover your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, hindering the free flow of air required to run your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically switch off should a blockage take place). To save that from occurring 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 pipes to help prevent this from happening. Inspect the area regularly to be sure that it stays clear. While the weather in Keokuk will probably go up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the possibility of weather that can change the performance of your furnace. At WM J Kraus & Son in Keokuk, 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 highest priority. Give us a call at 319-524-3714 or simply set up an appointment with us online to find out more information.