Pilot on Demand System
As of January 2020, all Continental Electronic Ignition fireplaces will have Pilot on Demand systems with 7-Day Timers. This new 7-Day Timer feature has the following benefits:
- The system is more environmentally friendly; automatically turning off your pilot when not required, which reduces greenhouse gasses.
- Saves money! Auto-shut off ensure you conserve energy which reduces operating costs, as opposed to previous style standing pilots that remained on constantly.
- The system is much more convenient as it switches off automatically at the end of the season and, being electronic, it switches on when needed again in the fall.
- Regulations are changing everywhere to reduce energy consumption and governments have identified that standing pilots in fireplaces waste gas unnecessarily.
- Standing pilots have been eliminated in other products like water heaters, furnaces and boilers in previous years. Electronic ignition technology has advanced significantly in the last 10 years.
- Electronic systems still operate in power outage; as they include a battery backup system
Excerpt from Owners Manual:
This appliance is equipped with an “On Demand” intermittent pilot ignition system (IPI) which also includes a continuous pilot ignition (CPI) mode with an integrated seven day timer. This system minimizes your appliance’s carbon footprint as well as reducing its annual fuel consumption and operating costs.
In IPI mode, the pilot will ignite prior to the main burner, when the appliance is turned on using a switch, remote or from a call for heat with the thermostat (if equipped). Once the appliance is turned off (or the call for heat is satisfied), the main burner and pilot flame will shut down.
The continuous (CPI) mode is intended to enhance the performance of the appliance during the startup phase in colder climates and extreme weather by keeping the system warm when the main burner is not in use. However, the timer feature provides the convenience that the appliance automatically switches off the pilot when the appliance has not been used for seven days to save unnecessary fuel consumption.
When the CPI function is turned on, the pilot will remain on after the main burner is turned off. A timer will then begin the countdown for approximately seven days before shutting off the pilot if the appliance is not used. This countdown will reset anytime the appliance main burner is used. Therefore, if the appliance is regularly used day to day, the pilot will remain on. However, this system does not require the user to remember to turn the pilot off as summer approaches and avoids unnecessary fuel consumption while still readily turned back on when the cold weather returns.
Your appliance may be equipped with an ACS or remote control device which enables you to select IPI or CPI modes. If your appliance is equipped with an ACS switch, it has the option to change modes. If installed with the blue wire facing up, flipping the switch UP turns on the continuous pilot with timer and flipping the switch DOWN turns on the intermittent pilot ignition. If installed with the white wire facing up, the opposite is true.
If your appliance is equipped with a remote control device capable of selecting IPI / CPI modes, refer to remote operating instructions.
In order to start your pilot, turning the main burner on with the switch, remote or thermostat and then turning it off will reactivate the continuous pilot mode and reset the seven day timer.
Natural Resources Canada Amendment
Effective January 1st, 2020, Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN)’s Amendment 15 regulation comes into effect. Gas hearth appliances manufactured on or after that date that are approved to the CSA 2.33 ANSI Z21.88 Test Standard for Vented Gas Fireplace Heaters are subject to a minimum 50% Fireplace Efficiency requirement. Both the heater rated models and those gas hearth appliances approved to the CSA 2.22 ANSI Z21.50 Test Standard for Vented Decorative Gas Appliances can no longer have standing or continuous burning pilots.
To read more on the regulation please visit Natural Resources Canada.