Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely escaped winter in Cedar Rapids just yet. Mother Nature has given us 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 a few 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 transfer in 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 can exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall could bury your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, inhibiting the free flow of air required to run your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are developed to automatically shut off should a blockage happen). To save that from taking place 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 pipes to help keep this from occurring.
  • Inspect the area frequently to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Cedar Rapids 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 alter the performance of your furnace. At Ilten's Incorporated in Cedar Rapids, we are always available to take a look at any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re related to furnace service or purchasing a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our highest priority. Give us a call at 319-208-3295 to find out more information.