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Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Napoleon and Northwest Ohio just yet. Mother Nature has given us 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 these simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces exhaust waste gases out of your home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also take in fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move freely is vital 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 bury your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing the free flow of air you have to have to run your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are developed to automatically shut off should a blockage occur). To prevent that from taking place during a heavy snowfall, it’s crucial to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes to help keep this from occurring.
  • Check the area routinely to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Napoleon and Northwest Ohio will most likely fluctuate up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. in Napoleon and Northwest Ohio, we are always available to inspect any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re about furnace service or buying a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our number one priority. Give us a call at 419-592-4756 or simply set up an appointment with us online to find out more information.