Winter in West Valley City isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this take place, you can help avoid the need for unexpected furnace service by taking some precautions.
The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your house. But, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s important for air to be able to flow freely to ensure appropriate and safe operation.
Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your house or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re at risk of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will hinder the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t panic, though. High efficiency furnaces are meant to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:
- Ensure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance surrounding your intake and exhaust pipes.
- Take a look at the area often and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.
We understand the weather in West Valley City can change every day during the last few weeks of winter and that weather may impact the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your house or if you have questions, call Select Comfort Systems Heating & Air Conditioning in West Valley City at 801-305-4777. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.