Wood Stove with HRV
We live in an 1942 brick colonial (about 1,000 sq ft each level) in Minnesota. We have both a wood stove and a forced air furnace. We burn about 3 cords a year which covers most of our heating needs and the furnace fills in the gaps. We also rely on the furnace fan to circulate the warm air from the stove throughout the house. Not perfect, but it keeps things pretty evenly warm. Last year, we had a blower door test done and were told our house was too tight after new windows, doors and adding closed cell spray foam to the attic and rim joists. So we got an HRV installed which seems to be working exactly as designed; however, we noticed our room temps are very uneven when heating with our wood stove. It seems to me this is the problem: hot air from the stove goes down the cold air return in that room and is almost immediately directed to the HRV. In other words, the hot air has no chance to circulate throughout the house.
1) does my diagnosis sound reasonable
2) what can I do about it? (Ideally, inexpensively)
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