Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in Ronkonkoma isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this occurs, you can help elude the need for unforeseen 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 pull fresh air from the outdoors into your house, which means it’s important for air to be able to move freely to ensure proper and safe operation.

Sometimes 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 block the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t fret, though. High efficiency furnaces are meant to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent air flow problems during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Confirm there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance near your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Examine the area often and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We realize the weather in Ronkonkoma 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 house or if you have concerns, call Cool Power LLC in Ronkonkoma at 631-246-4029. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.