Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Augusta isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this take place, you can help avoid the need for surprising furnace service by taking some precautions. The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your residence. Nonetheless, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s important for air to be able to move freely to ensure proper and safe operation. Occasionally the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units leave through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this is the case, 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 fret, though. High efficiency furnaces are planned to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to: Make sure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance surrounding your intake and exhaust pipes. Examine the area often and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We realize the weather in Augusta can change every day during the last few weeks of winter and that weather may impact the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your residence or if you need answers to any questions, call McCune Heating & Cooling in Augusta at 316-733-9123. You can also schedule an appointment with us online to get additional information. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.