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Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Bishop just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always prepared to remind us that she’s in full control. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a professional for furnace service if you keep these simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces exhaust waste gases outdoors. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also capture fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move freely is vital to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes usually exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall could submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing the free flow of air needed to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically switch off should a blockage take place). To save that from taking place 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 terminations to help prevent this from taking place.
  • Walk around the area routinely to be sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Bishop will probably go up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the probability of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning in Bishop, we are always available to check any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re about furnace service or buying a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our top priority. Give us a call at 760-784-9034 or simply schedule an appointment with us online to find out more information.