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Thread: HRV Brand Recomendations?
02-10-2009, 02:18 PM #1Regular Guest
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HRV Brand Recomendations?
I am in the process of having a HRV quoted for my house (two quotes).
I like to (as you may know from my previous posts relating to Manual-J calcs) know about the systems.
So, are there particular brands of HRV units that YOU like? I know most say they like Carrier or some other brand of heater. However, information on the internet for HRVs / ERVs is scarce.
My house is in Western New York, so Summers are not too bad... you "need" AC maybe 7 days a year. We typically just open the windows, run a whole-house fan at night, then close the windows during the day. Keeps the house cool enough for us. In winter, my Goodman heater keeps the house nice and toasty. It was acting strange, which is why I posted to learn about Manual-J calcs. Which with the communities help, I was able to tell the HVAC "repair" guy that the builder sent out...why the unit was short cycling (they told me they didn't know why)! THANKS!
The home is a New Build "Energy Star" compliant. 1900SQFT home (basement is not heated / cooled, so I did not include that into the 1900sqft), no central air (we like the ole' windows in summer). The Builder decided to "not" put in any kind of fresh air inlet from outside...as they just run the fan in the master bathroom 2 timers per day for 2 hours. Doesn't make a lot of sense to me...but I read through some of the ASHRA (sp??) requirements documentation, which states that you can do what the builder is doing, as well as had pictures indicating HOW to do it, so long as a certain amount of air is able to leak into the house through other vents. Which I just can't believe is happening...as the "other" holes have flappers that CLOSE them off, when air wants to travel in the direction they are saying!!
Anyway, we decided on a HRV, as it just makes sense. Now, I just need to know what would be a good model for our house. If one has a feature that makes it "that-much" better, I'd like to see if it can be quoted, as well as whatever the HVAC contractor is going to quote.
For instance, with HUMIDIFIERS, I like the way the desert spring units work (thanks to reading this forum), as they do not waste a LOT of water, but work pretty well.
So, again, the question is, what HRV brand / unit do you like? Why do you like it? Is there a feature that it has that makes you like it over a different brand?
Thank you for your help!
02-12-2009, 03:33 AM #2
If you are using a humidifier during cold weather, you are getting a goodly amount of fresh air into your home during cold weather. Home that need HRVs have excess moisture on there windows during cold weather without a humidifier. Regards TBBear Rules: Keep our home <50% RH summer, controls mites/mold and very comfortable.
Provide 60-100 cfm of fresh air when occupied to purge indoor pollutants and keep window dry during cold weather. T-stat setup/setback +8 hrs. saves energy
Use +Merv 10 air filter. -Don't forget the "Golden Rule"
02-12-2009, 06:41 AM #3The way we build has a greater impact on our comfort, energy consumption and IAQ than any HVAC system we install.
02-12-2009, 09:16 AM #4Professional Member
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