Winter in Odessa isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this happens, you can help dodge the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking certain precautions.
The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is moved outside of your house. Nonetheless, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from the outdoors into your house, which means it’s significant for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure proper 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 at risk of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will block the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t worry, though. High efficiency furnaces are meant to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:
- Confirm there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes.
- Take a look at the area often and move any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.
We understand the weather in Odessa can change on a daily basis during the last few weeks of winter and that weather may impact the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your house or if you need answers to any questions, call Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning in Odessa at 432-237-0168. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.