Maintenance and Operation Instructions
Air Opening Maintenance
Maintaining air openings is easy and important. These openings must be kept clean and unrestricted in order for the equipment inside your home to operate properly.
||At least 4 times per year
|Number of steps:
|Tools you might need:
||Safety glasses or goggles, work gloves, toothbrush, shovel, rake, ladder, pruning snips, vacuum with hose attachment|
|What if I don’t do this?
||Reduced ventilation, serious moisture damage, poor indoor air quality. |
|Locate all outdoor air intakes and outlets. Most homes have several. They may have slightly different sizes, shapes, colors, and they may be plastic or metal. Basically, anything that looks like it may move air in or out of your home needs to be kept free of obstructions and clean.|
Step 2: Plan Ahead For Maintenance
|Assemble the tools that you will need and create a safe workspace.|
|Clear away obstructions and clean debris from screens and hoods. Important! Avoid damaging metal or plastic hoods and screens! |
|Locate indoor air openings. Openings like these are known as "passive" openings. At times, you may notice a slight cold draft coming from these openings. This is part of their normal operation, and it is very important that you never plug or block these openings. Note: Other air ducts may be connected to mechanical equipment.
Ventilation Equipment Maintenance|
Always keep these openings clear of obstructions, don’t use this area for storage.
- Avoid damaging metal or plastic ducts!
- If you notice any damage, contact your heating dealer immediately.
RELATED LINKS AND FILES
This website offers suggestions for how you should properly maintain and operate your home. However, you should always refer to your builder warranty, maintenance and homeowner manual documents for the specific operation and maintenance requirements for your individual home and its equipment.