Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Winnipeg isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it can 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 directed outside of your home. Nonetheless, there is a difference between these two. High-efficiency furnaces also pull 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.

Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this is the case, 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 meant to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow issues 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 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 can effect the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your residence or if you have 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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