Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely gotten through winter in Keokuk just yet. Mother Nature has given us a few nice days, but she’s always prepared to remind us that she’s the boss. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a repairman out for furnace service if you keep a couple simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces send waste gases out of your home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also transfer 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 could 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 needed to work your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are created to automatically shut off should a blockage take place). To prevent 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 stop this from taking place.
  • Inspect the area regularly to be sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Keokuk will more than likely swing up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At WM J Kraus & Son in Keokuk, we are always available to take a look at any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re in regards to furnace service or purchasing a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our number one priority. Give us a call at 319-229-2318 to find out more information.