Winter in Norco and St. Charles Parish isn’t finished 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 surprising furnace service by taking some precautions.
The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your home. However, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also pull fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s significant for air to be able to move freely to ensure appropriate and safe operation.
Sometimes the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this is the case, 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 avoid air flow problems 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 occasionally and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.
We know the weather in Norco and St. Charles Parish 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 look at any areas around your home or if you have questions, call Mayeuxs AC & Heating in Norco and St. Charles Parish at (985) 764-2426. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.