Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Odessa isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this take place, you can help elude the need for unexpected furnace service by taking certain precautions.

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

Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this is the case, you’re in danger of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will obstruct the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t panic, though. High efficiency furnaces are meant to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Make sure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Look at the area regularly and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We know the weather in Odessa can change frequently during the last few weeks of winter and that weather can effect the operation of your furnace. If you want us to review any areas around your house or if you need answers to any questions, call Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning in Odessa at 432-237-0168. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.

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