Pilot Lights – Continuous Pilot Ignition (CPI) and Intermittent Pilot Ignition (IPI)

Some newer fireplaces offer the homeowner the flexibility to turn the fireplace pilot light on or off from the remote. This is called Intermittent Pilot Ignition or IPI for short. 

Although this can be done easily for many fireplaces, Chantico (along with most fireplace manufacturers) recommend that the pilot light remain ‘on’ at all times – especially during the cold season. Although a continuous pilot (CPI) will use slightly more fuel, the  advantages of leaving the pilot light on include:

1.     Less humidity in the fireplace – prolonging the life span of certain components

2.     Pilot lights keep spiders and insects away reducing the chance of service calls in the future

3.     Less wear and tear on the ‘IPI’ – or ‘Intermittent Pilot Ignition System’

4.     Fireplace will start quicker

5.     Reduces the chance of a delayed ignition start

6.     Prolongs the lifespan of the battery pack (if applicable) located in the bottom portion of the fireplace

If you have any questions on how to set your fireplace to CPI, refer to your owner’s manual first, under remote settings/functions. If you are not able to access it, get in contact with us for a copy, or to go over it in more detail.

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