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Snowstorms and Furnaces

We haven’t completely gotten through winter in Olathe just yet. Mother Nature has given us a few nice days, but she’s always ready to remind us that she’s the boss. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call us for for furnace service if you keep a few simple things in mind.

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces expend waste gases outdoors. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also capture fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move easily is critical to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit.

High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes usually exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall could cover your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing the free flow of air you have to have to run your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are created to automatically shut off should a blockage take place). To save that from taking place during a heavy snowfall, it’s critical to:

  • [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust lines to help prevent this from happening.
  • Check the area frequently to make sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Olathe will probably go up and down over the last few days of cold weather, you can’t count out the probability of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in Olathe, we are always available to inspect any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re in regards to furnace service or adding a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our highest priority. Give us a call at 913-432-3342 or simply schedule an appointment with us online to find out more information.