Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Brandon isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this occurs, you can help dodge the need for surprising furnace service by taking a couple precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your residence. But, there is a difference between these two. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s important for air to be able to move freely to ensure correct and safe operation.

Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will block the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t worry, though. High efficiency furnaces are meant to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Make sure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Examine the area occasionally and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We know the weather in Brandon can change on a daily basis during the last few weeks of winter and that weather impacts the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your residence or if you have concerns, call Brandon Heating and Plumbing in Brandon at 204-728-0180. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.

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