Homeowner Maintenance Instructions

RespicAir: 1" Electronic Air Cleaner Operation

While the RespicAir electronic air cleaner is operating, the power supply light will be ON. If the light does not come on when power is applied to the air cleaner, refer to the troubleshooting section.

The electronic air cleaner uses little power (less than 2 watts) and is on continuously. The system fan can be operated continuously for increased air circulation through the air cleaner.


Typically, cleaning should be performed every month. Simply remove any build-up on the outside screen with either a soft cloth or the soft brush of a vacuum. Once cleaned, hold the filter up to a light. If the outline of the center screen can be seen, the glass matte pads do not need to be replaced. If the outline cannot be seen, replace the pads. Typically, the glass matte pads will need to be replaced every 3 months.


If the air cleaner does not seem to be functioning, check the following:

  • Check that the power supply light is on. If the light is off, check the power supply and wiring connections
  • If the wiring seems correct, slide the filter out and squeeze the two outside screens together. You should hear a snapping sound (like static cling). If so your AIRSCREEN is working correctly. If no snapping sound is heard, power is not being supplied in the center screen and the power head may need to replaced
  • Unplug the power cord from the electronic air cleaner and remove the air cleaner from the filter rack
  • Open the electronic air cleaner by lifting the latches
  • Remove the two dirty pads from inside the electronic air cleaner
  • Place two new pads (purchased separately) on either side of the center screen (white sides toward the center) Be sure the pads fit squarely into the outside retainer screens
  • Close the electronic air cleaner and make sure that the center screen is between the two pads
  • Place the air cleaner back into the filter rack and plug in the power cord

To purchase replacement media, please contact Sarnia Heating and Cooling Inc.

Pilot Lighting Instructions

Read safety information.

  • Turn the on/off switch to the "off" position or set the thermostat to the lowest setting
  • Turn off all electrical power to the fireplace
  • Open control access panel
  • Push in gas control knob slightly and turn to the "off" position
  • Wait 15 minutes to clear out any gas
  • Visibly locate pilot by the main burner
  • Turn knob on gas control to "pilot" position
  • Push the control knob all the way in and hold. Immediately light the pilot by repeatedly depressing the piezo spark igniter until a flame appears. Continue to hold the control knob in for 2 to 3 minutes. Release knob and the pilot should remain lit
  • Turn gas control knob to "on" position
  • Turn on all electrical power to fireplace
  • Turn the on/off switch to the "on" position or set thermostat to desired setting
  • If equipped with a Hi/Lo feature, set fireplace flame as desired

Indoor Humidity Guidelines

Moisture produced by various household activities for 4 people:

  • Cooking (3 meals per day) – 0.9 L or kg
  • Dishwashing (3 times per day) – 0.45 L or kg
  • Bathing by shower – 0.45 L or kg
  • Bathing by bath – 0.45 L or kg
  • Clothes washing – 0.81 L or kg
  • Clothes drying indoors or with an unvented dryer – 1.80 L or kg
  • Floor mopping (per 10 m sq.) – 1.36 L or kg
  • Occupants (4 per day) – 0.45 L or kg

The above are just some of the causes of moisture in homes today. Other things such as plants, self-defrosting fridges and freezers and humidifiers also add unwanted moisture. In some newer homes, air leakage has been controlled to the point where moisture or condensation is a problem. With the addition of the air-to-air heat recovery ventilator (HRV), you should be able to control the indoor relative humidity to a comfortable level and to reduce moisture problems at windows. Bath fans and kitchen exhaust hoods that are vented to the outside also help remove moisture.

See the chart below for inside relative humidity for your house when it's heated to 20-21° C or 68-70° F.

Outside Air Temperature – Indoor Relative Humidity

  • 15° C/59° F – HRV 75, Humidifier off
  • 10° C/50° F – HRV 65, Humidifier off
  • 5° C/41° F – HRV 60, Humidifier off
  • 0° C/32° F – HRV 50, Humidifier 40
  • -5° C/23° F – HRV 40, Humidifier 35
  • -10° C/14° F – HRV 35, Humidifier 30
  • -15° C/5° F – HRV 30, Humidifier 25
  • -20° C/-4° F – HRV 25, Humidifier 20
  • -25° C/-13° F – HRV 20, Humidifier 15
  • -30° C/-22° F – HRV 15, Humidifier 10

Things to Remember

Make sure your humidifier damper is fully closed in the summer and half open in the winter. The humidistat control on the furnace duct should be set about 5% lower than the HRV control as shown in the above chart. Cycling the furnace fan for 2 or 3 hours in the evening will help as well.

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