Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Rock Hill isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this take place, you can help dodge the need for unexpected furnace service by taking a couple precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your home. But, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also bring 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 exit through the side of your house 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 worry, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To avoid air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Confirm there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Examine the area often and move any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We understand the weather in Rock Hill can change every day 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 US Air Heating and Cooling in Rock Hill at 803-220-0761. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.

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