Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016We haven’t completely gotten through winter in Wisconsin Rapids just yet. Mother Nature may have a few nice days, but she’s always prepped to remind us that she’s in full control. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call us for for furnace service if you keep a few simple things in mind. Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces expend waste gases outside of the home. The difference with high-efficiency furnaces is that they also capture fresh air from outside the home. The ability for air to move effortlessly is vital to proper and safe operation of a high-efficiency unit. High efficiency intake and exhaust pipes can exit through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. Heavy snowfall could bury your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing the free flow of air required to work your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are created to automatically turn off should a blockage happen). To save 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 pipes to help stop this from taking place. Walk around the area frequently to make sure that it stays clear. While the weather in Wisconsin Rapids 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 alter the performance of your furnace. At Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc in Wisconsin Rapids, we are always available to check any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re in regards 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 715-421-5555 or simply arrange an appointment with us online to find out more information.