Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016We haven’t completely made it through winter in Topeka just yet. Mother Nature may have a few nice days, but she’s always prepped to remind us that she’s in charge. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call a professional for furnace service if you keep a few simple things in mind. Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces send 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 could exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall could cover your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, hindering the free flow of air needed to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are developed to automatically switch off should a blockage happen). To prevent that from happening during a heavy snowfall, it’s important to: [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust lines to help stop this from taking place. Check the area routinely to ensure that it stays clear. While the weather in Topeka will probably go up and down over the last few days of cold weather, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can alter the performance of your furnace. At Custom Sheetmetal & Roofing, Inc. in Topeka, we are always available to take a look at any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re in regards to furnace service or buying a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our top priority. Give us a call at 785-357-6200 or simply schedule an appointment with us online to find out more information.