Snowstorms and Furnaces

Winter in Rapid City isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this happens, you can help dodge the need for unexpected furnace service by taking certain precautions.

The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your house. 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 vital for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure correct and safe operation.

Sometimes the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re in danger of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will block the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t worry, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed 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 near your intake and exhaust pipes.
  • Look at the area occasionally and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area.

We realize the weather in Rapid City 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 look at any areas around your residence or if you have questions, call Street Heating and Cooling in Rapid City at 605-206-3915. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.

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