Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Omaha isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this happens, you can help avoid the need for unexpected furnace service by taking certain precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is moved outside of your home. Nonetheless, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also pull fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s significant for air to be able to flow freely to ensure appropriate 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 case, 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 panic, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To avoid air flow problems during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Make sure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Look at the area occasionally and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We realize the weather in Omaha can change on a daily basis during the last few weeks of winter and that weather impacts the operation of your furnace. If you want us to review any areas around your residence or if you have questions, call The Frazier Company in Omaha at 402-896-5900. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.

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