Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Colfax isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this occurs, you can help avoid the need for surprising furnace service by taking some precautions. The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your house. Nonetheless, there is a difference between these two. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s vital for air to be able to flow freely to ensure correct 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 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: Ensure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes. Look at the area often and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We know the weather in Colfax 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 Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning in Colfax at 509-397-3622. You can also arrange an appointment with us online to get more information. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.