Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Charlottesville 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 happens, you can help avoid the need for surprising furnace service by taking certain precautions. The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is moved outside of your house. But, there is a difference between these two. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s vital for air to be able to move freely to ensure proper and safe operation. Occasionally the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re at risk of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will obstruct 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 avoid air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to: Make sure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes. Examine the area often and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We know the weather in Charlottesville 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 check out any areas around your house or if you need answers to any questions, call Beck Cohen in Charlottesville at 434-296-0129. You can also arrange an appointment with us online to get further information. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.