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Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely made it through winter in Baltimore just yet. Mother Nature has given us 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 expend waste gases outdoors. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also capture fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move freely is vital to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes could exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall can submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, hindering the free flow of air needed to run 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 crucial to:

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

While the weather in Baltimore will probably fluctuate up and down over the last few days of colder temperatures, you can’t count out the possibility of weather that can change the performance of your furnace. At Quality Refrigeration in Baltimore, we are always available to take a look at any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re related to furnace service or buying a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our number one priority. Give us a call at 410-355-6010 or simply set up an appointment with us online to find out more information.