Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Napoleon and Northwest Ohio isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this happens, you can help dodge the need for unexpected furnace service by taking a couple precautions. The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your home. However, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s important for air to be able to flow freely to ensure proper and safe operation. Sometimes the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your house or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re at risk of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will hinder the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t panic, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent 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 often and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We understand the weather in Napoleon and Northwest Ohio can change frequently during the last few weeks of winter and that weather can effect the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your home or if you need answers to any questions, call Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. in Napoleon and Northwest Ohio at 419-592-4756. You can also schedule an appointment with us online to get more information. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.