Snowstorms and Furnaces

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Winter in Northwest Arkansas isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this take place, you can help elude the need for unexpected furnace service by taking some precautions.

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

Occasionally the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re at risk of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will obstruct 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.
  • Examine the area regularly and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We know the weather in Northwest Arkansas can change frequently during the last few weeks of winter and that weather impacts the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your home or if you have concerns, call AirTech Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC in Northwest Arkansas at 479-372-4304. You can also schedule an appointment with us online to get further information. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.

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