Snowstorms and Furnaces

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

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your house. However, there is a difference between these two. 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 move freely to ensure correct 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 happens, 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 fret, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Confirm 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 realize the weather in Lexington 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 review any areas around your house or if you have questions, call Kelley Mechanical in Lexington at 859-209-3003. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.

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