Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely gotten through winter in Lafayette just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always prepped to remind us that she’s in full control. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a professional for furnace service if you keep a few simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces expend waste gases out of your home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also transfer in fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move freely is crucial to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes could exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall can submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing the free flow of air required to work your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically turn off should a blockage occur). To prevent that from occurring during a heavy snowfall, it’s critical to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust terminations to help prevent this from taking place.
  • Check the area regularly to make sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Lafayette will more than likely swing up and down over the last few days of cold weather, you can’t count out the probability of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At AC Sales in Lafayette, we are always available to check any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re in regards to furnace service or adding a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our number one priority. Give us a call at (337) 234-2345 to find out more information.