Snowstorms and Furnaces

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Winter in Brandon isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this happens, 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 moved outside of your residence. But, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s significant for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure proper 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 hinder the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t panic, though. High efficiency furnaces are meant to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent air flow problems during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

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

We understand 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 (1998) Ltd. in Brandon at 204-728-0180. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.

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