Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Tuscaloosa just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with 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 these simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces expend waste gases outside of the home. 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 crucial 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, preventing the free flow of air needed to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are developed to automatically shut off should a blockage take place). To save that from taking place during a heavy snowfall, it’s critical to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust terminations to help stop this from occurring.
  • Inspect the area regularly to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Tuscaloosa 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 change the performance of your furnace. At KDM Service Corporation in Tuscaloosa, we are always available to check any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re related to furnace service or purchasing a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our top priority. Give us a call at 205-208-8090 to find out more information.

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