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Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely made it through winter in the Main Line just yet. Mother Nature may have a few nice days, but she’s always prepped to remind us that she’s in charge. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call us for for furnace service if you keep a few 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 transfer in fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move freely is critical 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 can submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, hindering the free flow of air required to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically turn off should a blockage take place). To prevent that from taking place during a heavy snowfall, it’s crucial to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes to help keep this from taking place.
  • Walk around the area frequently to make sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in the Main Line will probably swing up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the possibility of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning in the Main Line, we are always available to check any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re related to furnace service or buying a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our number one priority. Give us a call at 610-626-2540 or simply set up an appointment with us online to find out more information.