Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Dallas just yet. Mother Nature has given us a few nice days, but she’s always prepped to remind us that she’s in charge. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call us for for furnace service if you keep a few simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces exhaust waste gases outdoors. 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 critical 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 may cover your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, inhibiting the free flow of air needed to run your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically turn off should a blockage happen). To keep that from happening 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 lines to help stop this from occurring.
  • Walk around the area frequently to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Dallas will more than likely swing up and down over the last few days of cold weather, you can’t count out the possibility of weather that can change the performance of your furnace. At Tri County Air Care LLC in Dallas, we are always available to take a look at any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re about furnace service or purchasing a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our highest priority. Give us a call at 469-213-8367 to find out more information.

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