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Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely escaped winter in Elmhurst just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always prepared to remind us that she’s the boss. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a repairman out for furnace service if you keep these simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces expend waste gases out of your home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also capture fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move effortlessly is crucial to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes usually exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall can bury your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing the free flow of air needed to work your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are created to automatically shut off should a blockage occur). To prevent that from occurring during a heavy snowfall, it’s important 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 regularly to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Elmhurst will more than likely go up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the probability of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. in Elmhurst, we are always available to check 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 630-833-1100 or simply set up an appointment with us online to find out more information.