Snowstorms and Furnaces03/17/2016 Winter in Lodi isn’t done yet. Mother Nature can often be unpredictable. While it could be nice one day, the next day could change to snow. When this occurs, you can help dodge the need for unforeseen furnace service by taking some precautions. The exhaust from both conventional furnaces and high-efficiency furnaces is directed outside of your residence. However, there is a difference between these two. High-efficiency furnaces also bring fresh air from the outdoors into your house, which means it’s vital for air to be able to move freely to ensure appropriate and safe operation. Sometimes 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 susceptible to 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 planned to automatically shut off if these pipes are blocked.) To prevent air flow obstruction during a heavy snowfall, be sure to: Make sure there’s a 3-foot/1-meter clearance near your intake and exhaust pipes. Take a look at the area occasionally and remove any snow that has fallen into the cleared area. We know the weather in Lodi 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 home or if you have questions, call Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning in Lodi at 209-368-0556. You can also arrange an appointment with us online to get more information. Your family’s safety and comfort are important to us.