Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Colorado Springs 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 occurs, you can help elude the need for unexpected furnace service by taking some precautions. The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is moved outside of your residence. However, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s important for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure correct and safe operation. Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re at risk 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 prevent air flow obstruction 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 remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We know the weather in Colorado Springs can change on a daily basis during the last few weeks of winter and that weather impacts the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your house or if you have concerns, call Mitchell Heating in Colorado Springs at 719-596-6677. You can also schedule an appointment with us online to get further information. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.