Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Robstown isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this happens, you can help avoid the need for surprising furnace service by taking a couple precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your house. Nonetheless, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from the outdoors into your house, which means it’s significant for air to be able to move 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 case, you’re susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will block the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t panic, though. High efficiency furnaces are meant to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To avoid air flow problems during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Ensure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Take a look at the area often and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We realize the weather in Robstown can change every day during the last few weeks of winter and that weather may impact the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your home or if you have questions, call McNatt Inc in Robstown at 361-247-0605. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.

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