Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016We haven’t completely escaped winter in Utica just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always ready to remind us that she’s in full control. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a professional for furnace service if you keep a few simple things in mind. Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces send 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 freely is vital to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit. High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes usually exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall can bury your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, inhibiting the free flow of air required to work your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off should a blockage occur). To save that from occurring 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 pipes to help stop this from taking place. Walk around the area routinely to ensure that it stays clear. While the weather in Utica will probably go up and down over the last few days of cold weather, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Utica, we are always available to check any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re about furnace service or adding a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our top priority. Give us a call at 586-731-0950 or simply schedule an appointment with us online to find out more information.