Winter in Pflugerville isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it might 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 moved outside of your house. Nonetheless, there is a difference between these two. High-efficiency furnaces also bring 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.
Sometimes the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re at risk of 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 planned to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To avoid air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:
- Make sure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance surrounding your intake and exhaust pipes.
- Look at the area regularly and move any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.
We realize the weather in Pflugerville can change on a daily basis during the last few weeks of winter and that weather may impact the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your house or if you need answers to any questions, call Evenaire Heating & Air Conditioning in Pflugerville at 512-355-1482. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.