John Cotton, Tech Support and Project Coordinator at Field Controls, returned to the AirIQ podcast to talk about the importance of proper installation and service of power venters. Power venters are a cost-saving alternative to traditional chimney exhaust systems.

“Gas and oil-fired appliances, such as furnaces, boilers, and water heaters, use power venters,” Cotton said.

“If the power venter is properly set up and adjusted, it’s going to keep the efficiency of the appliance up to where it needs to be,” he added. “It will also pull a consistent draft every time.”

If someone has a degraded chimney and does not want to go through the process and expense of rebuilding that system, Cotton recommended power venters as a cost-saving alternative.

Proper setup and adjustment of the power venter are required to maintain the efficiency of the system.

“At the back of the power venter there’s a manual butterfly damper used for the rough draft setting. The appliance needs to run a good five minutes to establish the correct draft,” Cotton said.

He continued to walk through the necessary steps for the setup process, recommending the solution for a well-running power venter: maintenance.

“The power venter should be cleaned and lubricated annually,” he said. “If the appliance the power venter supports is serviced, the power venter should be as well.”

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