Winter in Pacheco isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this happens, you can help elude the need for unexpected furnace service by taking certain precautions.
The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your house. But, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from the outdoors into your house, which means it’s significant for air to be able to move freely to ensure appropriate and safe operation.
Sometimes the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re in danger of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will obstruct the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t worry, 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:
- Make sure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes.
- Take a look at the area regularly and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.
We know the weather in Pacheco can change every day during the last few weeks of winter and that weather impacts the operation of your furnace. If you want us to review any areas around your residence or if you have questions, call Clean Air HVAC in Pacheco at 925-233-6238. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.