Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Mankato area isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this occurs, you can help dodge the need for unexpected furnace service by taking certain precautions.

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

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

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

We know the weather in Mankato area can change every day during the last few weeks of winter and that weather can effect the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your house or if you need answers to any questions, call Northern Comfort Inc in Mankato area at 507-307-4818. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.

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