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Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely gotten through winter in Great Falls just yet. Mother Nature may have a few nice days, but she’s always prepared to remind us that she’s in charge. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call us for for furnace service if you keep a few simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces expend waste gases outside of the home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also capture fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move effortlessly is crucial to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes can exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall could cover your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing the free flow of air you have to have to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are developed to automatically turn off should a blockage occur). To prevent that from happening during a heavy snowfall, it’s critical to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust terminations to help keep this from occurring.
  • Inspect the area routinely to ensure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Great Falls will more than likely swing up and down over the last few days of cold weather, you can’t count out the possibility of weather that can change the performance of your furnace. At Falls Mechanical Services LLC in Great Falls, we are always available to check any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re about furnace service or buying a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our highest priority. Give us a call at 406-761-7283 or simply schedule an appointment with us online to find out more information.