Magic Boxes, wishful thinking or one stop shopping?
I, like many of you I suspect have hung off every word that GBA has written about these whole house air systems that provide us with clean air, remove contaminants, help control humidity, help us hang on to energy and repurpose energy already spent. Yes, they sound almost too good to be true so of course I am instantly skeptical. They seem overly techy and with all the sensors and electronics might they have too many failure points and make homeowners wish they had adhered to the KISS system? My hat is off to those brave people that plunged in first and bought these whole air systems with air source heat pumps built with them. You folks are Beta testers and have my admiration. I don’t have much contact with the European builders and their Magic Boxes but Minotair and Build Equinox systems seem to still be around in North America even after quite a number of years I have noticed. It has been a long while since I first read reports of them on GBA and in other places. I want to believe that they are the magic bullet/box I have been looking for and now that they have been around a number of years I would like to hear from you folks who I deem so much smarter than myself regarding most things. I am old enough to remember nay sayers that didn’t give the thumbs up to heat pumps when they started appearing in the residential HVAC market. No one bats an eye if a home owner has a heat pump installed now. I guess they stood the test of time. What is your take on managing air/moisture/energy with a magic box? Do you know anyone with actual experience with this technology? How hard are they to service if they break down and do they break down often? Is there anyone that is trained to service them. What fails most often? Is one model more delicate than another? Any info would be appreciated because I haven’t seen an update in a while and they do have some sort of track record by now.
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