Panasonic Intellibalance 100 Install Questions
I’m installing a Panasonic IB 100 ERV and have a few questions that don’t seem to be covered in the manual. Wonder if those of you with experience with this unit could help me out. My previous question on the subject, asking about duct design, is here:
The ERV serves a 580 SF studio apartment and ~225 SF home office. Space is at a premium, and the ERV is being installed in a small mechanical loft within the apartment’s conditioned space. A drawing of the location and ducting is included with my previous question.
If at all possible, I need to mount the ERV to the floor of the loft. That provides enough space for the recommended straight runs of duct off the ERV before elbows, and also enough clearance to remove the cover for service and filter changes. However, the installation manual only lists wall mount and chain mount as options.
Is there a problem using the wall mount hardware to secure the ERV to the loft floor, i.e., same orientation as chain mount but with a rigid connection to the building like wall mount? Should I include some sort of rubber pads to deal with potential vibration?
Second question: it seems that to use the boost function, wiring is just armored conduit to a wall box, and then romex to the switch, which I assume is just a standard 120 v. 15-20 amp wall switch. If that’s the case, is there an issue using 3-way switches so that boost can be controlled from two bathrooms?
For what it’s worth, all duct runs are 6″, with the exception of 5″ Lifebreath exhaust/intake hood.
Thanks in advance.
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