Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely escaped winter in Wausau 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 professional for furnace service if you keep a couple simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces send waste gases outdoors. 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 critical 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 can submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, hindering the free flow of air you have to have 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 important to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust lines to help prevent this from happening.
  • Walk around the area routinely to be sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Wausau will probably go up and down over the last few days of cold weather, you can’t count out the possibility of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At Gilray Heating and Cooling in Wausau, we are always available to inspect any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re about furnace service or purchasing a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our top priority. Give us a call at 715-301-0727 to find out more information.