Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Bountiful isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this happens, you can help elude the need for unexpected furnace service by taking certain 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 take fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s vital for air to be able to transfer freely to ensure appropriate and safe operation. Occasionally the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart through the side of your house or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re at risk 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 problems 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 often and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We know the weather in Bountiful can change every day during the last few weeks of winter and that weather impacts the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your house or if you have questions, call Craig's Appliance Heating & Cooling in Bountiful at 801-295-3357. You can also schedule an appointment with us online to get further information. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.