Snow Buildup Interferes With Some High Efficiency Heating Systems
If you have a high efficiency heating system – especially natural gas or propane, make sure your heating vents aren’t blocked by snow. That’s the word from Robert Ives, who runs Bow Heating and Plumbing Corporation. He says if you’re not sure where the vents are, go into your basement.
Look for the white or stainless steel pipes that are going out through the foundation, that gives you an idea of where they are outside, then you gotta trudge around the house, usually they only stick out a foot or 10 inches, get the snow cleared away from them, then you can shut the system off, turn it back on, and it should automatically fire itself back up.
While you’re out there, local fire departments are also asking residents to clear snow away from fire hydrants.