Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Locust isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this happens, you can help dodge the need for surprising furnace service by taking certain precautions. The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your home. Nonetheless, there is a difference between these two. High-efficiency furnaces also pull fresh air from the outdoors into your house, which means it’s important for air to be able to flow freely to ensure proper and safe operation. Sometimes the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will obstruct the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t worry, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To avoid air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to: Make sure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes. Examine the area regularly and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We know the weather in Locust 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 review any areas around your residence or if you need answers to any questions, call Dynamic Comfort Solutions in Locust at 704-485-5506. You can also schedule an appointment with us online to get more information. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.