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Snowstorms and Furnaces

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

Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces expend waste gases out of your home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also transfer in fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move easily is crucial 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 can submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, inhibiting the free flow of air needed to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically switch off should a blockage take place). To keep that from happening 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 pipes to help prevent this from happening.
  • Inspect the area routinely to be sure that it stays clear.

While the weather in Beaverton will most likely fluctuate up and down over the last few days of cold weather, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton, we are always available to inspect any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re related to furnace service or purchasing a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our number one priority. Give us a call at 503-848-3838 or simply schedule an appointment with us online to find out more information.