With most of Western New York still digging out from Monday’s record snowfall, NOCO is reminding homeowners to also make sure they are clearing their home’s furnace vents. These vents are typically white PVC pipes located on the side of a house, which allow the furnace to properly exhaust.
“If your furnace vents are blocked, it can cause your furnace to shut down and carbon monoxide to build up in your home,” said Tom Wrate, general manager, NOCO HVAC. “Your furnace is already working hard with the cold temperatures, and making sure the vents are clear will help it continue to run efficiently and safely.”
NOCO encourages homeowners to check dryer vents, heat pumps and gas meters to make sure all are clear of snow, too.
“Make sure to check all of the vents daily as wind can cause snowdrifts and additional blockages from day to day,” Wrate said.
For those residential customers who utilize propane, NOCO also asks customers to make sure there is a clear path to the front of the tank so drivers can safely fill.