Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in East Peoria isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can certainly be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this occurs, you can help avoid the need for unexpected furnace service by taking a couple precautions. The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed 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 important for air to be able to flow freely to ensure proper and safe operation. Once in a while 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 in danger of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will block 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 avoid 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. Look at the area often and clear any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We understand the weather in East Peoria can change on a daily basis during the last few weeks of winter and that weather may impact the operation of your furnace. If you want us to look at any areas around your residence or if you have questions, call Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC in East Peoria at 309-437-2703. You can also schedule an appointment with us online to get more information. Your family’s safety and comfort are high priorities for us.