Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in Monroe isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this happens, you can help avoid the need for unexpected furnace service by taking a couple precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your house. However, 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 flow freely to ensure proper and safe operation.

Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re at risk of 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 designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow problems during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Confirm there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Take a look at the area often and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We realize the weather in Monroe can change frequently 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 Lanz Furnace and Fireplace in Monroe at 608-291-3606. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.