Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Grove City isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this happens, 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. Nonetheless, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s significant for air to be able to flow freely to ensure appropriate and safe operation. Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your home or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will obstruct 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 stop air flow problems during a heavy snowfall, be sure to: Confirm there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance surrounding your intake and exhaust pipes. Examine the area occasionally and move any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We realize the weather in Grove City 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 house or if you have questions, call Air Quality Solutions in Grove City at 614-871-4144. You can also arrange an appointment with us online to get more information. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.