Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Beaverton isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this take place, you can help dodge the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking some precautions. The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is moved outside of your home. However, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from the outdoors into your house, which means it’s significant for air to be able to move freely to ensure appropriate and safe operation. Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re in danger of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will hinder 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 avoid air flow obstruction 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 know the weather in Beaverton can change frequently during the last few weeks of winter and that weather may impact the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your home or if you have concerns, call Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton at 503-848-3838. You can also schedule an appointment with us online to get more information. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.