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When the season’s first snow falls, it coats the entire area in sparkling beauty. Children can’t wait to play (and eat) in it! Dreaming of a white Christmas tops the list for the aesthetic effects that snow offers. But northerners assume full well what lies ahead – weeks of snow removal, jammed highways, and just plain frigid treachery. Furnaces run constantly and the fear of a single quitting or malfunctioning, not to mention the occasion of power outages, is an ever-present thought. Snow can cause disastrous results when it blocks a furnace’s air intake. Furnaces need to constantly take in air from the outside to upgrade the air they’ve used. If snow piles up against the side of a home, it can block the furnace’s air intake, causing it to task harder and potentially chop down. And just as a furnace takes in air, it also pushes air out of the apartment after being used. If piled up or packed in snow blocks the furnace’s exhaust, pressure and heat can build up and potentially cause a fire. Additionally, furnaces and their parts are made of metal. Metal will corrode when it gets too much moisture. The snow sitting against or on top of your outdoor heat pump or other Heating and A/C machine can cause water mangle that can lead to corrosion. Snow can become heavy, especially when it turns to ice. That kind of weight can particularly bend the fans in the outdoor Heating and A/C unit, leading to repairs that could have been avoided if the snow had been cleared. A good habit to get into is that when you shovel your sidewalk and driveway, take a few extra ninths to clear the snow from any exhaust areas of the furnace and any off any outdoor units.  

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