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Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely gotten through winter in Lexington just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with 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 us for for furnace service if you keep a couple 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 take in fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move effortlessly is critical 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 may submerge 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 keep 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 occurring.
  • Check the area regularly to make sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Lexington will probably swing up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At James Heating & A/C, Inc in Lexington, we are always available to inspect 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 highest priority. Give us a call at 336-853-6070 or simply schedule an appointment with us online to find out more information.