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Recommendation for HRV/ERV in CZ 4a Basement

doba1400 | Posted in General Questions on


I’m looking for a recommendation for either an HRV or ERV in my finished  basement (+/- 300 SF).  Climate Zone 4a (Westchester County, just north of NYC).  Looking to spend in the +/- $400-$1000 range.

Unfortunately the Lunos products don’t work since I’m sub-grade and it would require a small duct/90-degree bend since I I would run through my rim joist into the basement ceiling.  Lunos are completely ductless.

I’ve also looked at the Panasonic Whispercomfort ERV, which really looks great.  However, since I’m in climate zone 4a, it looks less than ideal for a few months out of the year in the colder months.  Although I’m open to it, especially given the $420 price tag, if anyone has a good experience with this unit working in the “Frost Prevention Mode.”


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  1. CramerSilkworth | | #1

    Panasonic Intelli-Balance 100 FV-10VEC2

    Nice fairly compact little unit, good flow & timer controls, boost switch option.

    Filters are a bit pricey and only available a few places, though.

  2. doba1400 | | #2

    Any other recommendations or confirmation that the WhisperComfort works in CZ 4A? I looked at the Intelli-Balance 100 but wonder if it's a bit overkill for a basement. The rest of my home does not have ventilation. It's an older home - built in 1930. Thanks!

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