You need a good residential HVAC system in South Dakota precisely because it snows here. Being cooped up indoors all season long is bad enough. Doing it without heat would be positively miserable.

But winter weather isn’t content to just make you shiver when you go outside to get your mail. It can actually make your HVAC system less efficient – and even downright dangerous – thanks to all the snow it sends your way.

If you want to breathe easier while enjoying optimal HVAC performance this winter, then your mission is simple: keep your furnace’s fresh air intake and its exhaust vent both free and clear of snow!


Keep Your Furnace Intake Clear of Snow

As you probably already know, air is required for combustion to take place. It’s the reason why astronauts have never set off fireworks to celebrate a successful moon landing.

Combustion is constantly taking place inside a natural gas furnace. Even when it isn’t providing heat, its pilot light is always burning a small amount of gas. So, where is all the air required for that combustion coming from? Ideally, it arrives through the fresh air intake: a portal on the exterior of the home which lets the furnace freely draw all the air it needs.

A furnace still receives air when its intake is obstructed. The dryer vent, attic, crawlspace and windows all provide sources of air, but they aren’t remotely adequate to enable the furnace to achieve peak efficiency. In addition to costing you more money for heating fuel, that can significantly reduce your furnace’s lifespan. It can seriously impact your home’s indoor air quality as well.

We’re sure you can see where this is going: a simple yet important tip. If you want to save money and enjoy greater comfort, don’t let snow block your furnace intake.


Keep Your Furnace Vent Clear of Snow

If your furnace burns natural gas in order to produce heat, then it also produces exhaust. That includes carbon monoxide (CO): a colorless, odorless gas which can easily fill an entire house in a matter of hours. Even a little exposure to CO can make you very sick – or kill you, very quickly.

CO poisoning is not some new thing. It was first identified during the 18th century, which is why gas furnaces have always included exhaust vents. Yours is no exception, which is why you really want to keep your exhaust vent from becoming obstructed with snow and ice. It’s essential to making sure lethal gas doesn’t accumulate inside your home.

Take no chances when it comes to CO. No home is complete without a CO detector on every floor, and no CO detector lasts longer than six years.

Unfortunately, not all HVAC issues can be resolved as easily as removing snow from PVC pipes. If you need furnace maintenance, repair, installation or replacement in the greater Sioux Falls, SD area, then we welcome you to contact Haugan Heating & Air Conditioning today!