Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Springfield isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this take place, you can help avoid the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking a couple precautions. The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your house. However, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also pull fresh air from the outdoors into your house, which means it’s vital for air to be able to move 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 is the case, you’re susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will obstruct the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t panic, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow problems during a heavy snowfall, be sure to: Ensure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes. Take a look at the area occasionally and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We understand the weather in Springfield can change on a daily basis during the last few weeks of winter and that weather can effect the operation of your furnace. If you want us to review any areas around your home or if you need answers to any questions, call Bormida Mechanical Services Inc in Springfield at 217-210-2662. You can also schedule an appointment with us online to get more information. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.