Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Carlsbad isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this occurs, you can help dodge the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking certain precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your house. However, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s significant for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure appropriate and safe operation.

Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re in danger of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will hinder the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t worry, though. High efficiency furnaces are meant to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Confirm there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance near your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Take a look at the area often and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We understand the weather in Carlsbad can change every day during the last few weeks of winter and that weather impacts the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your home or if you have concerns, call Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services in Carlsbad at 575-446-3948. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.

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