Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Hauppauge isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this take place, you can help dodge the need for unexpected furnace service by taking some precautions. The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is moved outside of your residence. But, there is a difference between these two. 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 appropriate and safe operation. Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your house or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will obstruct the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t fret, though. High efficiency furnaces are planned to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to: Ensure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance surrounding your intake and exhaust pipes. Look at the area regularly and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We realize the weather in Hauppauge can change every day during the last few weeks of winter and that weather impacts the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your home or if you have questions, call Cool Power LLC in Hauppauge at 631-360-2665. You can also set up an appointment with us online to get more information. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.