Winter Ventilation in Steam Heated Home
My partner and I are currently attempting a LEED renovation of a Victorian home in Cleveland, Ohio. The home has an existing steam radiator system in good condition that we are able to reuse, we are not installing AC. We’ll end up with about 2400 sf of living space.
We are having trouble making a decision on winter ventilation. An HRV system seems to be the most efficient, but we are concerned about costs and don’t have the room or desire to run ductwork through the house (the closets are small enough).
Another LEED home in the area has an inline fan connected to two bath and one kitchen vents. The fan is timed to run sufficient to move the required air changes, no heat recovery, simple and cost effective . But, that house is half our size, and insulated at twice the R that we are able to achieve. They (new construction) installed radiant floors.
Any suggestions on equipment type and placement of vents? Is there a way to put the kitchen exhaust hood on this system (I assume grease is an issue)?
Is there an option we’re not seeing?
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