Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Denton isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this take place, you can help elude the need for surprising furnace service by taking some precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your house. But, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also pull fresh air from the outdoors into your house, which means it’s important for air to be able to flow freely to ensure appropriate and safe operation.

Sometimes the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re at risk of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will obstruct the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t worry, though. High efficiency furnaces are planned to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Ensure 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 Denton can change frequently 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 residence or if you have concerns, call Oak Point Heating and Air LLC in Denton at 940-202-1202. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.

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