The snow in the Chicagoland area has caused several problems for homeowners. From crippled rooftops to sore backs, snow removal can take a toll on you, your family, and your home. High efficiency furnaces have taken a beating, and if you haven’t checked already, you should take a look at the systems exhaust. Furnaces create dangerous exhaust gases that need to be vented out of the home. Older furnaces use chimneys to vent these dangerous gases, but newer, high efficiency units use plastic pipes that vent directly out of the furnace. These pipes are often only a few feet off of the ground, and when the snow reaches beyond this level, it could cause major problems.
Carbon Monoxide Backup
One of the chemicals that are found in furnace exhaust is carbon monoxide. This dangerous gas can make you sick and at high levels it can cause death. Sometimes when the flue pipe is blocked, carbon monoxide can back up into the home and circulate through your duct work. Your home should have carbon monoxide detectors that will alert you to changes in to the levels of CO in your home, but if not, you need to have them installed as soon as possible. Many furnaces have safety mechanisms to shut down the system when the vent becomes blocked, but accidents can happen.
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If you know where your furnace vents, you should be careful to monitor the amounts of snow in that area. Clear any snow away from the vent, and check periodically that the area remains clear. If you are not sure of where the vent is or if your furnace shuts down due to a clog in the venting line, you need to call Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning. We are available around the clock to help you keep your furnace working safely and efficiently for the remainder of this winter season.