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Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely escaped winter in York just yet. Mother Nature has given us a few nice days, but she’s always prepped to remind us that she’s the boss. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a professional for furnace service if you keep these simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces expend waste gases outdoors. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also take in fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move effortlessly is critical to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes can exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall can bury your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, inhibiting the free flow of air needed to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are created to automatically switch off should a blockage take place). To keep 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 terminations to help prevent this from taking place.
  • Walk around the area frequently to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in York will most likely go up and down over the last few days of cold weather, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At Strine's Heating & A/C Inc in York, we are always available to inspect any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re about 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 717-755-4127 or simply schedule an appointment with us online to find out more information.