Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Wisconsin Rapids isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this take place, you can help avoid the need for surprising furnace service by taking certain precautions. The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your house. But, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s vital for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure correct and safe operation. Occasionally the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this is the case, you’re susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will hinder the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t fret, though. High efficiency furnaces are planned to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to: Make sure 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 understand the weather in Wisconsin Rapids can change every day during the last few weeks of winter and that weather impacts the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your home or if you have questions, call Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc in Wisconsin Rapids at 715-421-5555. You can also schedule an appointment with us online to get further information. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.