Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely gotten through winter in Houston just yet. Mother Nature may have a few nice days, but she’s always ready to remind us that she’s in full control. 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 outside of the home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also capture fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move easily 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 could submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing the free flow of air required to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are developed to automatically turn off should a blockage take place). To keep that from happening 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 taking place.
  • Check the area regularly to make sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Houston will more than likely swing 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 Marcos AC & Heating in Houston, we are always available to check any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re in regards to furnace service or adding a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our highest priority. Give us a call at 713-469-3357 to find out more information.