Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Olathe isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this take place, you can help elude the need for surprising furnace service by taking some precautions. The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your residence. 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 important for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure proper and safe operation. Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your house or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re susceptible to 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 meant to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to: Make sure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance surrounding your intake and exhaust pipes. Take a look at the area occasionally and move any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We know the weather in Olathe can change frequently 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 residence or if you have concerns, call Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in Olathe at 913-432-3342. You can also arrange an appointment with us online to get more information. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.