Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016We haven’t completely made it through winter in Lake Charles just yet. Mother Nature has provided us with a few nice days, but she’s always prepared to remind us that she’s in charge. When she does, you may not have to unexpectedly call us for for furnace service if you keep a couple simple things in mind. Both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces exhaust waste gases outdoors. 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 critical 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 submerge your intake and exhaust pipes in the snow, preventing the free flow of air you have to have to operate your high-efficiency furnace (High efficiency furnaces are developed to automatically turn off should a blockage occur). To save that from taking place during a heavy snowfall, it’s critical to: [Keep|Ensure you have|Maintain]26] a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust terminations to help keep this from taking place. Check the area frequently to ensure that it stays clear. While the weather in Lake Charles will most likely swing up and down over the last few days of cold weather, you can’t count out the chance of weather that can impact the performance of your furnace. At ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc in Lake Charles, we are always available to take a look at any areas around your home or answer any of your questions, whether they’re about furnace service or adding a new system. Keeping you and your family safe and comfortable is our number one priority. Give us a call at 337-335-0992 or simply arrange an appointment with us online to find out more information.