Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Asheville isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this happens, you can help dodge the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking a couple precautions. The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your residence. Nonetheless, there is a difference between both of these. 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 appropriate and safe operation. Once in a while the intake and exhaust pipes of high efficiency units depart 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 obstruct the free flow of air your high-efficiency furnace needs. (Don’t panic, 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 around your intake and exhaust pipes. Look at the area occasionally and move any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We realize the weather in Asheville 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 residence or if you need answers to any questions, call 1st Choice Service Group Inc in Asheville at 828-551-2913. You can also set up an appointment with us online to get additional information. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.