Winter in Tuscaloosa isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this happens, you can help dodge 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 home. Nonetheless, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s significant for air to be able to flow freely to ensure correct and safe operation.
Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re in danger of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will hinder 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 avoid air flow problems during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:
- Ensure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance near your intake and exhaust pipes.
- Look at the area occasionally and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.
We understand the weather in Tuscaloosa 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 review any areas around your residence or if you have questions, call KDM Service Corporation in Tuscaloosa at 205-208-8090. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.