Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Muskogee isn’t finished yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it can be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this happens, you can help dodge the need for unexpected furnace service by taking some precautions. The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is pushed outside of your house. Nonetheless, there is a difference between the two. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from the outdoors 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 depart through the side of your house or vertically through the roof. When this happens, you’re susceptible to having heavy snowfall bury them, which will hinder 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 prevent air flow issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to: Make sure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance around your intake and exhaust pipes. Take a look at the area regularly and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We realize the weather in Muskogee can change frequently 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 questions, call Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. in Muskogee at 918-682-8238. You can also set up an appointment with us online to get further information. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.