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Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely escaped winter in Mount Pleasant just yet. Mother Nature has given us a few nice days, but she’s always ready to remind us that she’s in charge. 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 send waste gases outside of the 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 could exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall may cover your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, hindering 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 keep that from occurring during a heavy snowfall, it’s critical to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust terminations to help keep this from occurring.
  • Inspect the area frequently to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Mount Pleasant will probably swing up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the probability of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At Olde Towne Heating & Air in Mount Pleasant, 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 843-856-1433 or simply set up an appointment with us online to find out more information.