Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Dayton just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always prepped to remind us that she’s in charge. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a professional for furnace service if you keep these simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces exhaust waste gases outside of the home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also transfer in fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move easily is crucial to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes can exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall may submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, hindering the free flow of air needed to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are developed to automatically shut off should a blockage occur). To keep that from occurring during a heavy snowfall, it’s critical to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes to help prevent this from occurring.
  • Check the area regularly to make sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Dayton will most likely swing up and down over the last few days of cold weather, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At Jent Mechanical LLC in Dayton, we are always available to check any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re related to furnace service or purchasing a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our number one priority. Give us a call at 937-845-1111 to find out more information.