Snowstorms and Furnaces

March 17, 2016

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Gresham just yet. Mother Nature has given us 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 a repairman out for furnace service if you keep a few simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces send waste gases out of your home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also transfer in fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move easily is crucial 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 submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing the free flow of air required to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off should a blockage happen). To prevent that from taking place 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 keep this from taking place.
  • Inspect the area routinely to make sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Gresham will more than likely swing up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At Honke Heating & AC in Gresham, 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 purchasing a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our highest priority. Give us a call at 503-663-8033 to find out more information.