Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Rochester isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this occurs, you can help avoid the need for unexpected furnace service by taking some precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your house. But, there is a difference between these 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 appropriate and safe operation.

Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re at risk of 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 designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

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

We know the weather in Rochester 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 check out any areas around your residence or if you need answers to any questions, call Brogan Heating & AC Inc in Rochester at 507-218-0088. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.

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