Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Brighton isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this take place, you can help dodge the need for surprising 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 the two. High-efficiency furnaces also pull fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s important for air to be able to flow freely to ensure correct and safe operation.

Sometimes the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this is the case, you’re susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will obstruct 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 prevent 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.
  • Examine the area often and move any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We understand the weather in Brighton can change every day during the last few weeks of winter and that weather may impact the operation of your furnace. If you want us to review any areas around your residence or if you have concerns, call D & D Heating & AC in Brighton at 720-316-1401. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.

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