Choosing an HRV
I live in Colorado (Zone 5B) and have an Ultimate Air ERV which has finally died. I think I can get by with an HRV as a replacement as my furnace-based humidifier is fairly powerful, and I prefer the simplicity of an HRV.
I want a reliable brand that is moderately efficient, but most importantly reliable, and has parts and service available. The Ultimate Air was nice, but I had some issues a long time ago and it was a royal pain to get any help – they were just too small a company.
I have been looking at Broan/Venmar. Zehnder seems very expensive, and one or two of the other brands I found are based in Canada and I cannot find any US service agents.
Is Broan/Venmar decent? Other suggestions? Since all my ductwork is in place (distribution and return ducts), I think I should be able to buy an HRV on-line and replace it with a bit of help from a handy person (my lifting days are over…). I need about 150 cfm max flow, 50 – 60 continuous.
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