Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Libertyville isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this take place, you can help avoid the need for surprising furnace service by taking some precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your house. However, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from the outdoors into your house, which means it’s important for air to be able to move freely to ensure appropriate and safe operation.

Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re in danger of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will hinder 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 stop air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Ensure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance surrounding your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Examine the area occasionally and move any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We know the weather in Libertyville 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 house or if you have questions, call Toptec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical in Libertyville at 847-362-0262. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.

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