Make Sure Your Furnace Air Intake And Exhaust Are Snow-Free This Winter


It’s important to keep up with regular maintenance on your HVAC system to make sure it is running efficiently. You may be surprised to learn that, during the winter, snow and ice can accumulate around your furnace’s air intake and exhaust, causing a buildup and potential stoppage of your furnace. If your vent pipe becomes blocked with ice or snow, your furnace will likely shut down completely as a built-in safety measure. Not only can snow accumulation result in an HVAC breakdown, the buildup can also cause potentially noxious gases to enter your home, resulting in a health and safety hazard. If you don’t monitor the furnace air intake and exhaust and keep it clear from snow and debris, you might end up calling an HVAC contractor after hours for a no-heat emergency.

Superior Comfort Heating & Cooling recommends that you have your HVAC system inspected annually, both inside and out, to prevent dangerous situations due to snow and ice accumulation. Superior, a reputable, family-owned operation, has been in the business for over 20 years and only installs the best brands in the business such as Rheem, which has been around for nearly a century.

Locating your HVAC system’s air intake and exhaust

If you’re unsure as to where the exhaust pipes are located, simply follow your furnace’s pipes to find where they exit your home. On the other side is where you’ll see its air intake and exhaust pipes. If there is a heavy snowfall, snow and ice can accumulate near the area, clogging the flow and possibly blocking it completely. Your best bet is to have your HVAC system inspected by a licensed, insured HVAC company such as Superior Comfort Heating & Cooling. Their heating services experts will check all areas of your system, both interior and exterior, ensuring it is free and clear of debris, condensation, ice, snow, and branches. They will also check your thermostat, air quality, furnace and AC thoroughly so you won’t have to worry about dealing with no heat due to pipes being clogged with snow. If a situation like this does occur, they offer fast emergency responses after hours, nights and weekends, 24/7.

Call a highly-rated heating and cooling company

Superior Comfort Heating & Cooling is top-rated by Angie’s List (now called Angi) as well as the Better Business Bureau, which rates contractors in areas such as quality, customer service, and performance. They are the most frequently recommended HVAC contractor in the Downriver, MI area, and will take care of all your heating and cooling needs. Superior understands how important it is to keep your furnace running effectively. While inspecting your furnace and AC, they will also check your carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they have batteries and are in good working condition, to keep your family safe. During Michigan’s cold winters, homeowners usually keep their heat on constantly, and if the carbon monoxide detectors are faulty, the consequences can be fatal. Superior Comfort Heating & Cooling is conveniently located in Flat Rock, MI and are experts in:

• HVAC system inspections, repairs and installation
• Hot water heater inspections
• Air quality assessments and improvements
• Carbon monoxide testing
• And much, much more!

Keep areas free and clear, but also call the professionals

It’s important for you to keep an eye on your furnace air intake and exhaust pipes and make sure they’re not blocked by ice or snow. In addition to preventive maintenance, it’s best to call a professional, experienced company such as Superior to do annual inspections and test your furnace for efficiency. Superior offers affordable financing plans and easy credit approvals if you need a new furnace installation, and they’ll work with your budget and schedule so as not to interrupt your busy lifestyle. Superior is the #1 HVAC contractor for blocked furnace air intake and exhaust pipes in Downriver MI. You can call their furnace experts at 734-818-7141 to schedule a no-cost estimate and in-home consultation. You can also visit their website at to learn more. If your energy bill is unusually high, they’ll help find any problems with your furnace or HVAC system and perform any necessary repairs and/or replace the unit if necessary. When you call Superior, you’re immediately a part of their family, and  will be treated as such.


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