Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Bossier City isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it could 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 directed outside of your home. 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 flow freely to ensure proper 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 situation, you’re susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will hinder 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 stop air flow obstruction 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 regularly and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We realize the weather in Bossier City can change on a daily basis during the last few weeks of winter and that weather can effect the operation of your furnace. If you want us to review any areas around your home or if you have concerns, call Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning in Bossier City at 800-COOLING. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.

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