Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Marshalltown just yet. Mother Nature may have a few nice days, but she’s always prepared 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 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 effortlessly is vital to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes can exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall can submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, hindering the free flow of air required to work your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically turn off should a blockage happen). To keep that from occurring 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 terminations to help prevent this from occurring.
  • Inspect the area routinely to be sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Marshalltown 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 impact the performance of your furnace. At Kapaun & Brown Inc. in Marshalltown, we are always available to take a look at 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 top priority. Give us a call at 641-753-3563 to find out more information.

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