Two residential heat pumps buried in snow.

Can Snow Impact My Furnace / Heater?

As the temperature continues to drop,¬†residents in our area know that means snow is right around the corner. With winter fast approaching, it’s important to know how the snow can impact your furnace and HVAC system.

There are two main considerations to think about when it comes to the snow’s effect on your heater. First, that the snow and cold weather can cause an excessive cycling of the system. This obviously drives up utility bills and increases the need for air filters to be changed more frequently while causing the components to wear quicker. The second major source of concern, since snow builds up outside of the home, is ventilation.

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Repairman vacuuming inside of a gas furnace during a cleaning.

How a Furnace Works

It’s unrealistic to expect homeowners to be able to work on their HVAC systems on their own. Some home projects are great for DIY and a nice way to learn a new skill, such as painting a room or pressure washing siding. That being said, when it comes to electrical, plumbing, or HVAC, for safety (and warranty) reasons, it’s best to call the professionals.

Of course, it never hurts a homeowner to know just how their furnace works. After all, they will have to change the filter (sometimes as frequently as every 30 days) and a familiarity with how the system operates helps to know if the furnace is running as it should or if a technician should be called. Being comfortable with the ins and outs of the furnace helps to diagnose problems and zero in on the fix when contacting an HVAC repair company. Some of the basics of the furnace function include:

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