Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Franklin Lakes isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could dump snow on us. When this occurs, you can help dodge the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking certain precautions. The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your house. But, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from the outside 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 home or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will block the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t worry, though. High efficiency furnaces are planned to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To stop air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to: Ensure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes. Examine the area occasionally and move any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We know the weather in Franklin Lakes can change frequently 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 questions, call Total Comfort in Franklin Lakes at 201-891-1333. You can also set up an appointment with us online to get additional information. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.