Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in South Beloit and Belvidere isn’t quite over yet. Mother Nature can typically be unpredictable. While it might be nice one day, the next day could surprise us with snow. When this take place, you can help dodge the need for surprising 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 both of these. High-efficiency furnaces also take fresh air from the outside into your house, which means it’s significant 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 exit through the side of your house or vertically through the roof. When this is the situation, you’re at risk of having heavy snowfall bury them, which will hinder 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 issues during a heavy snowfall, be sure to: Make sure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance surrounding your intake and exhaust pipes. Examine the area occasionally and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We realize the weather in South Beloit and Belvidere can change frequently during the last few weeks of winter and that weather impacts the operation of your furnace. If you want us to check out any areas around your house or if you have questions, call Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. in South Beloit and Belvidere at 877-389-2465. You can also schedule an appointment with us online to get additional information. Your family’s safety and comfort are our top priorities.