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Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Plover isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this occurs, you can help avoid the need for surprising furnace service by taking a couple precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your home. However, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also pull 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.

Occasionally the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will block the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t panic, though. High efficiency furnaces are planned to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To avoid air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

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

We know the weather in Plover can change every day during the last few weeks of winter and that weather can effect the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your house or if you have concerns, call Point Heating & Cooling in Plover at 715-345-1979. You can also set up an appointment with us online to get additional information. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.