Snowstorms and Furnaces

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

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your home. However, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s vital for air to be able to flow freely to ensure proper and safe operation.

Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this is the case, you’re at risk of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will hinder the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t panic, though. High efficiency furnaces are meant to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow issues 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 clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We understand the weather in Cedar Rapids can change frequently during the last few weeks of winter and that weather can effect the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your residence or if you have concerns, call Ilten's Incorporated in Cedar Rapids at 319-208-3295. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.

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