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Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Augusta just yet. Mother Nature has given us a few nice days, but she’s always prepared to remind us that she’s in charge. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a professional for furnace service if you keep a few simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces exhaust 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 freely is vital 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 bury your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing the free flow of air needed to work your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are developed to automatically switch off should a blockage occur). To save 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 stop this from occurring.
  • Walk around the area routinely to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Augusta will more than likely swing up and down over the last few days of cold weather, you can’t count out the probability of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At Sig Cox Heating and Air Conditioning in Augusta, we are always available to inspect any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re related to furnace service or purchasing a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our top priority. Give us a call at 706-722-5304 or simply schedule an appointment with us online to find out more information.