Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Winnipeg isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it could 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 some precautions.

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

Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your house or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re susceptible to 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 designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

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

We realize the weather in Winnipeg can change frequently during the last few weeks of winter and that weather may impact the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your residence or if you need answers to any questions, call Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning in Winnipeg at 204-272-8128. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.

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