Winter in Oxford isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this happens, you can help avoid the need for surprising furnace service by taking some precautions.
The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your house. Nonetheless, there is a difference between these two. High-efficiency furnaces also pull fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s vital for air to be able to flow freely to ensure correct and safe operation.
Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your house or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re in danger 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 avoid air flow problems during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:
- Make sure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance surrounding your intake and exhaust pipes.
- Look at the area often and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.
We realize 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 home or if you have concerns, call Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc in Oxford at 662-281-1231. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.