When the season’s first snow falls, it coats the entire space in sparkling beauty. Children can’t wait to play (and eat) in it! Dreaming of a pale white Christmas tops the list for the aesthetic effects that snow offers. But northerners suppose full well what lies ahead – weeks of snow removal, plugged highways, & just plain cold treachery. Furnaces run typically & the fear of 1 quitting or malfunctioning, not to mention the opportunity of power outages, is an ever-present thought. Snow can cause disastrous results when it blocks a gas furnace air intake. Furnaces need to typically 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 gas furnace’s air intake, causing it to work harder & potentially break down. And just as a gas furnace takes in air, it also pushes air out of the apartment after being used. If piled up or packed in snow blocks the gas furnace exhaust, pressure & heat can build up & potentially cause a fire. Additionally, gas furnaces & their parts are made of metal. Metal will corrode when it gets too much moisture. The snow kneeling against or on top of your outdoor heat pump or other Heating, Ventilation, & A/C unit can cause water mangle that can lead to corrosion. Snow can become heavy, especially when it turns to ice. That kind of weight can easily bend the fans in the outdoor Heating, Ventilation, & 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 & driveway, take a few extra fifths to clear the snow from any exhaust areas of the gas furnace & any off any outdoor units.