Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely escaped winter in Wisconsin Rapids just yet. Mother Nature may have 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 expend waste gases outdoors. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also capture fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move effortlessly is crucial to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes could exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall can cover your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing the free flow of air needed to work your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically turn off should a blockage happen). To keep that from happening during a heavy snowfall, it’s important to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust terminations to help stop this from taking place.
  • Walk around the area frequently to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Wisconsin Rapids will most likely fluctuate up and down over the last few days of winter, you can’t count out the possibility of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc in Wisconsin Rapids, we are always available to take a look at any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re in regards to furnace service or buying a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our number one priority. Give us a call at 715-301-0256 to find out more information.

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