Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Longview isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this occurs, you can help avoid the need for surprising furnace service by taking some precautions. The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is moved outside of your home. Nonetheless, there is a difference between these two. High-efficiency furnaces also pull fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s significant for air to be able to flow freely to ensure correct and safe operation. Occasionally the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units exit through the side of your residence or vertically through the roof. When this is the case, 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 worry, though. High efficiency furnaces are designed to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to: Confirm there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance surrounding your intake and exhaust pipes. Look at the area regularly and move any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We realize the weather in Longview can change frequently during the last few weeks of winter and that weather impacts the operation of your furnace. If you want us to review any areas around your residence or if you need answers to any questions, call Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. in Longview at 903-758-0701. You can also schedule an appointment with us online to get further information. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.