vapor to find its way through your walls, floors, and ceilings. Also, whenever possible, attempts should be made to limit the amount of moisture produced. The following are some specific suggestions to help you fight the problem of condensation: Use kitchen or optional bath exhaust fans when cooking or bathing. Allow exhaust fans to operate for a short interval after completion of cooking or bathing. 2. Open windows or doors for brief periods, even in cold weather. (In winter, the outside air is usually quite dry and a little ventilation can reduce inside humidity quickly without serious loss of heat.) 3. Operate dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer only with a full load, thus reducing the number of cycles used. 4. Do not tape doors or windows tightly closed to prevent any movement of air. 5. Do not crowd wardrobes with clothing and other objects preventing free circulation of air. 6. Do not locate beds or furniture tightly against the wall preventing air movement. 7. Do not stock kitchen cabinets to points where circulation of air is impossible. 8. Do not leave draperies closed over windows. 9. Keep heat registers and furnace blower clean to insure maximum circulation. 10. Clean or change furnace filter regularly. 11. Do not place containers of water on furnace, fireplaces, stoves or in ducts to raise humidity. 12. Do not operate any humidifiers in winter months. 13. Install storm windows to minimize condensation and conserve heat and cooling. 14. Avoid hanging wet clothing in home. 15. Insure that your clothes dryer is vented to the outside in accordance with the instructions presented in Section B of this Manual. 16. Periodically check all vents for gas appliances to insure that they are secure and free from blockage. 17. Prevent ground moisture from entering your home by installing a vapor barrier to cover the ground underneath your home. (Not necessary if home is installed on slab.) 18. Prevent moisture accumulation underneath your home by installing vents in the skirting or foundation. (See Skirting on page 39 or Foundation on page 54 for venting requirements.) If the condensation problem in your home is unusually severe due to extremely cold or moist conditions, it may be necessary to purchase one or more mechanical dehumidification devices to keep the moisture level in your home at an acceptable level. The larger the number of persons living in a home, 1.
the greater the condensation problem may become. It may also be advisable to add an Air-to-Air Heat Exchanger as described on page 4.
Each individual appliance installed in your home is provided with its own use and care booklet by the appliance manufacturer. These booklets can be found in your Home Owner’s Information Envelope. Please refer to these booklets for instructions on the care and maintenance of the specific brands and models of the appliances installed in your home. In the event you ever need a replacement for one of these booklets, please contact the appliance manufacturer directly, as the manufacturer is only supplied with one booklet for each appliance. Be sure to give the complete model and serial number when requesting replacement booklets. Should you ever replace any of the original appliances installed in your home, it is strongly recommended that the replacement appliance utilize the same type of energy source to avoid expensive alterations to your home.
Before operating any appliance, lighting any pilots, or adjusting any burners or regulators, locate the manufacturer’s operating instructions generally affixed to the appliance in the area of the operating mechanism. Carefully follow all cautions and warnings and any lighting instructions outlined precisely. If no such detailed instructions are located on the appliance itself, do not attempt to operate until you have carefully read the manufacturer’s use instructions in the booklet provided. Dealer, owner, or third party installed appliances or other mechanical devices not installed by-the manufacturer are the sole responsibility of the installer. It is recommended that all such installations be made only by fully qualified persons as the requirements of the local codes are often quite explicit and vary from area to area. Installation of excessive electrical appliances, or those requiring excessive energy, or those requiring 220 volt service, may require that additional circuits and outlets be added. Such installations must be made by a licensed electrician.
Fireplaces & Stoves
Optional fireplaces and stoves installed in your home have been specifically designed, constructed and approved for use in manufactured housing. These pre-fabricated units are installed with safety as a prime consideration.