Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

Winter in Grand Prairie isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this take place, you can help avoid the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking a couple precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your house. However, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s vital for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure correct and safe operation.

Occasionally the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this is the case, you’re in danger 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 prevent air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Make sure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Examine the area regularly and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We realize the weather in Grand Prairie 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 look at any areas around your home or if you need answers to any questions, call Bon Air Service Company in Grand Prairie at 972-332-1028. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.