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Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Humble isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this take place, you can help avoid the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking a couple precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your house. However, there is a difference between these 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 transfer freely to ensure appropriate and safe operation.

Sometimes the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re in danger 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 avoid air flow problems 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 occasionally and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We know the weather in Humble 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 questions, call Arrings A/C & Heating in Humble at 281-713-8304. You can also arrange an appointment with us online to get further information. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.