Thursday, April 12, 2012

Homeowner’s Guide to Air Quality Maintenance and Care

Maintenance and Care
Annual maintenance will improve the efficiency and prolong the life of your equipment, and is often required to maintain your manufacturer’s warranty. Your equipment should only be serviced by a qualified service technician.
Caution: Do not perform any maintenance without turning OFF the power to the equipment.
Gas Furnaces
1. Permanent or disposable air filters should be cleaned and changed every two months during the heating and cooling seasons.
Note: For new homes, it is advisable to wash permanent filters once per month for the first year.
2. Check unit operation annually. Do not wait until you need heating! Annual maintenance is required to maintain the warranty.
Air Conditioners
1. After turning the power to the unit off, rinse outdoor coil annually with garden hose to remove dust, grass cuttings, etc.
2. Check unit operation annually. Do not wait until you need cool air! Annual maintenance is recommended.
Notes:
A. It is recommended that the thermostat be set no lower than 21ºC (70ºF) for cooling. Below this temperature, ice could form on the indoor coil, possibly resulting in damage to the equipment.
B. If ice forms on the connectors going into the indoor coil or outdoor unit, turn equipment off and call for service immediately!
C. In cooling mode, do not lower temperature setting on the thermostat unless the outdoor unit has been off for five minutes. The breaker will probably trip or a fuse may blow if you turn it on too soon.
Humidifiers
1. Turn humidistat to OFF position, then turn water supply off, and close humidifier damper every spring.
2. Turn water supply on, then turn humidistat to ON position, and open humidifier damper every fall.
3. Empty water reservoir on drum type every spring.
Notes:
A. Only operates when the furnace fan is running, and the humidistat is calling for humidity.
B. Acceptable humidity levels vary dependent upon outside temperature but they usually range between 30% and 50%.
C. Place conditioning tablets in water reservoir to prevent bacteria buildup.
Electronic Air Cleaners
1. Gently clean the electronic air plates every two months. Use approved cleaner.
2. Clean pre-filters every two months
Caution: To avoid improper operation, be careful not to bend plates
Media Air Cleaners

1. Replace or clean filters every two months. Some systems require the filter to be replaced more often, depending on environmental conditions. Filters may need to be changed more frequently in newly constructed homes, homes under renovation, or homes where several pets live. Call us for filter media.

Fresh Air Ventilation Systems
1. Check intake and exhaust filters monthly. If required, vacuum the filters, or rinse under a water tap. Mild detergents may be used, but do not use solvent cleaners.
2. Check the core every six months for dirt accumulation. If required, slide the core carefully out of the case. Clean the core with water and mild detergents onlyDo not use solvents or other cleaning agents; the water temperature must not exceed 65ºC (150ºF). Do not use a high-pressure hose, and be sure to replace the core carefully. It must be properly aligned with the service instructions facing outward and the arrow up.
3. The drain pans should be wiped clean with water and mild detergents. Avoid solvent-based cleaners!
4. Set dehumidification control to summer setting or winter setting dependent on applicable season.
5. Check outside hood to make sure it is free and clear of debris.
Thermostats

Conventional type: This type of thermostat does not require any maintenance. Note: If the room is dark, a small blue flash may be noticed when heating or air conditioning comes on. This is normal.
Programmable / Electronic types: Annual replacement of batteries is necessary for proper operation where applicable.
NotesA. This type of thermostat normally maintains the temperature within half of 1ºC, unlike conventional thermostats, which may vary up to 3ºC. The furnace or air conditioner may cycle more rapidly, especially under low load conditions. This is a normal operating condition.
B. Programmable thermostats can conserve energy and save you money.
C. Do not set back your temperature more than 3ºC. A temperature difference of more than 3ºC will not provide any savings.
Downloads
1f80-261 Programmable Electronic Digital Thermostat installation and operation instructions Download (204KB, PDF)
1f90-371 Thermostat ManualDownload (320KB, PDF)
Continuous Fan Operation
Definite advantages can be obtained by providing continuous fan operation, particularly with the use of fresh air ventilation systems, energy efficient air cleaners and power humidifiers. Today’s new and efficient motors can save you hundreds of dollars while providing better indoor air quality.
Home Comfort Products

Call us for home comfort products: Arpi’s Industries in Calgary 1-403-236-2444
STAY WARM – ENERGY EFFICIENT GAS FURNACES
Natural gas furnaces are up to 96% fuel efficient. They can save you a bundle and are also environmentally friendly, reducing the global greenhouse effect. Two stage firing and variable speed blowers are energy-saving features available on certain models.
STAY COOL – ENERGY EFFICIENT AIR CONDITIONERS
Use less fuel with a high efficiency air conditioner. The lower the decibel ratings, the quieter the equipment operates to conform to noise pollution regulations. Warm weather dehumidification! Energy Efficient! Dependable! Environment Savings!
STAY COMFORTABLE – HUMIDIFIERS
Proper humidity greatly lessens the instance and severity of respiratory infections and can reduce excessive heating due to improved comfort levels. Cut down your energy consumption with environmentally friendly controls. The acceptable humidity range is between 30% to 50%.
Recommended Relative Humidity should be 35%
Sahara Desert 25%
Death Valley 23%
Average Heated Home 13 to 16%
BREATHE EASIER – ENERGY EFFICIENT AIR CLEANERS
Help to decrease the effects of allergies and reduce illness by removing airborne dust, dirt, pollen and allergens from the air you breathe. Your high efficiency air cleaner will control your indoor environment and will continue to assist your ventilation system in providing cleaner, healthier air quality.
BREATHE CLEAN – QUALITY FRESH AIR SYSTEMS
Using the latest technology, HEPA filters help rid your home of stale, stuffy air and polluting particles. A true HEPA filter is 99.97% efficient at 0.3 microns, and can trap dust, dander and smoke particles to clean the air you breathe. A HEPA filter can also help eliminate contaminants released by household chemicals, building materials, carpets and furniture. A quality fresh air system is essential for healthy air because today’s homes are built relatively air tight. They are also important for removing excessive humidity and preventing potentially damaging condensation.
STAY SAFE – CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
Guard against carbon monoxide (CO), a potentially hazardous chemical. Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas that is produced when any fuel is incompletely burned. A properly working CO detector can provide an early warning to you and your family before this potentially deadly gas builds up to a dangerous level. A CO detector is an inexpensive way to help insure your family’s safety and well being. CO detectors can be used as backup but not as replacement for proper use and maintenance of your fuel-burning appliances

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