Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Groves isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. 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 moved outside of your residence. But, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also pull fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s important for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure correct and safe operation. Occasionally the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this happens, 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 fret, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent air flow obstruction 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 often and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We know the weather in Groves can change frequently during the last few weeks of winter and that weather impacts the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your residence or if you have concerns, call Air Solutions, Inc in Groves at 409-962-2476. You can also arrange an appointment with us online to get additional information. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.