Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Colorado Springs isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this take place, you can help dodge the need for unexpected furnace service by taking certain precautions. The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your home. But, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s important for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure appropriate and safe operation. Sometimes 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 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 fret, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed 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 around 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 Colorado Springs can change frequently 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 have concerns, call Triton HVAC & Refrigeration in Colorado Springs at 719-332-3458. You can also arrange an appointment with us online to get further information. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.