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Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Odessa just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always ready to remind us that she’s the boss. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call us for for furnace service if you keep a couple 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 crucial 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 may cover your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, hindering the free flow of air needed to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are developed to automatically shut off should a blockage take place). To prevent that from happening 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 lines to help keep this from happening.
  • Inspect the area frequently to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Odessa will probably go up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning in Odessa, we are always available to inspect any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re about furnace service or adding a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our top priority. Give us a call at 432-333-2208 or simply set up an appointment with us online to find out more information.