Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Ontario isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this take place, 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 house. But, there is a difference between both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also pull fresh air from outside the home into your house, which means it’s vital for air to be able to flow 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 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 meant 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. Take a look at the area often and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We understand the weather in Ontario can change every day during the last few weeks of winter and that weather can effect the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your home or if you have concerns, call Stan's Heating, Inc in Ontario at 541-889-3987. You can also set up an appointment with us online to get further information. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.