Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Belton isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this take place, you can help elude the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking certain precautions. The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your house. However, there is a difference between these two. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from the outdoors into your house, which means it’s significant for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure correct and safe operation. Occasionally the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your house or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re in danger of 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 planned to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent air flow problems 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 know the weather in Belton 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 check out any areas around your home or if you need answers to any questions, call Bell Air Conditioning Inc. in Belton at 254-939-1141. You can also set up an appointment with us online to get additional information. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.