Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Macon isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this happens, 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 pushed outside of your residence. 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 vital for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure appropriate and safe operation.

Sometimes the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your house or vertically through the roof. When this is the case, you’re at risk of 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 planned to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

  • Confirm there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance near your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Examine the area occasionally and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We realize the weather in Macon can change on a daily basis 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 home or if you have questions, call Air Temperature Control in Macon at 478-202-3170. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.

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