Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Bossier City isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this happens, 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 directed outside of your home. But, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s vital for air to be able to flow freely to ensure correct 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 susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will block 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: Ensure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance near your intake and exhaust pipes. Look at the area regularly and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We realize the weather in Bossier City can change every day during the last few weeks of winter and that weather may impact the operation of your furnace. If you want us to review any areas around your house or if you have concerns, call Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning in Bossier City at 800-COOLING. You can also schedule an appointment with us online to get more information. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.