Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely escaped winter in Lexington just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always ready 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 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 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 operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are created 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 terminations to help stop this from happening.
  • Check the area routinely to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Lexington will more than likely swing up and down over the last few days of cold weather, you can’t count out the possibility 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 to find out more information.

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