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Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in West Valley isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this take place, you can help dodge the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking some precautions.

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

Occasionally the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re at risk 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 designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Ensure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance surrounding your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Examine the area occasionally and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We understand the weather in West Valley can change on a daily basis during the last few weeks of winter and that weather can effect the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your house or if you have questions, call Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning in West Valley at 801-305-4777. You can also schedule an appointment with us online to get more information. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.