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Heating and A/C Systems

The capacity of your heating/cooling system has been installed according to the load of your home while complying with energy conservation laws. Make sure to read your operating instructions and contact your HVAC subcontractor is you have further questions.

Regulation

During the DRYING PERIOD, try to use as little heat as possible. This will help to avoid shrinkage of framing lumber and other materials. Gradually increase the heat with time. For the first few months of occupancy, we recommend leaving your thermostat at 68 degrees and make sure all windows and doors are closed.

Thermostat

Your thermostat is used to regulate the temperature of your home. You may adjust specific areas with the registers. To conserve energy, try to keep your thermostat constant. Usually the most desired temperature is sixty-eight (68)degrees in the winter and seventy-eight (78)degrees in the summer. Closing registers and doors to rooms that are not being used is a good way to cut down your heat bill.

Filters

A modern air filter maintains your home’s cleanliness. It is usually located where the main cold air return duct enters the furnace. It is designed to collect dust and dirt and must be cleaned or replaced at regular intervals.

For the first few months of occupancy, we recommend checking your filter weekly. From this time forward, check the filter monthly. You should be able to see light through the filter. If you cannot, it needs to be cleaned or replaced, depending on the type you have.

Oiling

Forced air systems contain an electric motor that requires oiling at the beginning and end of the season. Front and side panels may be removed to allow access to the fan and electric motors as well as the oil cups. Read your instruction manual for details and upkeep.

Pilot Lights

Your heating system and Water Heater are equipped with an electric ignition that ignites a pilot burner by electric spark. Pilot and burner are both operating during the running cycle and are extinguished during the off-cycle. NOTE: READ THE INSTRUCTION MANUALS AND WARRANTY PROVIDED BY THE MANUFACTURER CAREFULLY TO MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND THE OPERATION OF THIS ENERGY-SAVING FEATURE.

Annual Inspection

Your heating system should be inspected and/or service on a regular basis by a licensed professional. Check your manual for the recommended frequency.

Cooling System

If you have a cooling system installed, there are a few basic tips to follow to ensure the life of your unit and to increase your comfort. If you need air-conditioning service, follow this checklist before calling for service.•Check the thermostat setting and the thermometer. The thermostat setting should be below the temperature on the thermometer.

  • The thermostat selector should be on cool
  • Check the fuses in the A/C disconnect box, they might need to be replaced.
  • Check the circuit breakers in the main panel. They should be ON.
  • Inspect the filters to make sure they are clean. The filters should be replaced at least once during the cooling season.
  • Select a temperature and leave the unit alone.
  • Make sure the fan switch is on AUTO.
  • Provide shade for windows that are in direct sunlight with drapes, blinds, etc.
  • It is best to leave the temperature constant and not “cycle” your system on and off.
  • Make sure all windows and doors are closed.

Heating Tips

It is recommended that your heating system be inspected annually to make sure it is operating at peak performance. If you experience problems, follow this checklist before calling in a professional.

  • Check the thermostat. It should be set ABOVE room temperature.
  • The thermostat selector should be set to HEAT.
  • The main electric switch should be ON.
  • All circuit breakers should be ON.
  • Check your filters.•The fuel line to the burner should be ON.