Snowstorms and Furnaces

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

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces expend waste gases out of your home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also capture fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move easily 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, preventing the free flow of air you have to have to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are created to automatically shut off should a blockage take place). To prevent that from happening during a heavy snowfall, it’s important to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust lines to help stop this from happening.
  • Check the area routinely to make sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Hudsonville will most likely fluctuate up and down over the last few days of cold weather, you can’t count out the possibility of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services in Hudsonville, we are always available to inspect any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re in regards to furnace service or buying a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our highest priority. Give us a call at (616) 669-3961 to find out more information.

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