Can an HRV be installed in a garage in climate zone 5a?
I just purchased a new spec house and I'm going to install an HRV to improve the indoor air quality. The house is at the very bottom edge of climate zone 5a.
Would be okay to install the HRV in the garage? The AHU and furnace are in the garage along with the water heater, so this would be the easiest place to install the HRV. The installation manual for the Fantech HRV I am considering says it should be installed in a "heated" space but it doesn't specify a temperature.
I have called about 20 HVAC contractors in the area and none have much experience installing HRVs so it's difficult to get local advice. I've attached a picture of the garage interior where the furnace equipment is located. I don't think the garage is insulated but I will check soon. I've also attached a picture of the insulated and sealed crawlspace, which would be the alternative installation location (albeit less convenient for routine maintenance). The house is small and there is not a good place to install the HRV indoors. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Posted Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:00
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