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Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in East Hanover isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this occurs, you can help elude the need for unexpected furnace service by taking a couple precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is moved outside of your residence. But, there is a difference between these two. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from the outdoors into your house, which means it’s significant for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure proper and safe operation.

Occasionally the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this happens, 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 fret, though. High efficiency furnaces are planned to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to:

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

We realize the weather in East Hanover can change on a daily basis during the last few weeks of winter and that weather impacts the operation of your furnace. If you want us to review any areas around your home or if you have questions, call Effective Service Group, LLC. in East Hanover at 973-884-0065. You can also arrange an appointment with us online to get additional information. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.