Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Utica isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this occurs, you can help elude the need for surprising furnace service by taking a couple precautions. The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your residence. However, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s vital for air to be able to move freely to ensure proper and safe operation. Sometimes the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this is the case, 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 fret, though. High efficiency furnaces are planned to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to: Ensure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance surrounding your intake and exhaust pipes. Take a look at the area occasionally and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We know the weather in Utica 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 review any areas around your house or if you have concerns, call Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Utica at 586-731-0950. You can also arrange an appointment with us online to get additional information. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.