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Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Hendersonville isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this occurs, you can help elude the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking some precautions.

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

Sometimes 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 situation, 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 worry, 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:

  • Ensure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance surrounding your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Take a look at the area regularly and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We realize the weather in Hendersonville can change frequently during the last few weeks of winter and that weather impacts the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your residence or if you need answers to any questions, call Superior Comfort Systems in Hendersonville at 828-775-5176. You can also schedule an appointment with us online to get additional information. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.