Snowstorms and Furnaces

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Winter in Oxford isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this happens, you can help avoid the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking a couple precautions.

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

Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re in danger of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will obstruct the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t fret, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow problems during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

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

We understand the weather in Oxford can change every day 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 residence or if you need answers to any questions, call Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Oxford at 662-350-0343. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.

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