Homeowners are willing to pay a premium for improved indoor air quality, but oftentimes the contractors responsible for designing a home’s ventilation system overlook one of the most effective solutions: HRV and ERV fresh air appliances.
For contractors new to HRVs and ERVs, confusion over what these fresh air appliances do and how to install them is the key reason they are overlooked. However, these appliances are designed specifically for simple installation and efficient ventilation.
To clear the air, Fantech’s ventilation experts are breaking down how fresh air appliances work and how to install them in your next project.
Fresh air appliances refer to heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) and energy recovery ventilators (ERVs). These appliances act as the lungs of the home, ensuring air is clean and healthy.
So, how do they do it? The HRV or ERV pulls fresh outdoor air into the home while simultaneously pushing out stale, contaminated air – something of particular importance for those with asthma or allergies. Unlike traditional methods such as opening a window, however, a fresh air appliance also tempers the air for improved comfort.
Fantech’s HERO series of HRVs provides 80% sensible recovery, meaning that if there is a 50-degree difference between the outside air and inside air temperature, the HRV can heat incoming air up to 40 degrees to close the gap in temperature.
Overall, fresh air appliances provide homeowners the healthy air quality they desire without compromising comfort or efficiency.
Before installing your new fresh air appliance, you’ll need to determine which type of system is right for your application. Fresh air appliances can be used in:
The HERO series of fresh air appliances was designed with contractors in mind. When speaking to installers, the same frustrations with HRVs and ERVs were consistently mentioned – poor efficiency, complex installation, cumbersome maintenance and noisy operation, to name a few.
To address these issues, we streamlined the design and installation process with the HERO. Now, contractors only have to go through seven simple steps:
Bonus: See how to properly balance your HERO appliance
Once your HERO fresh air appliance is installed, there is little maintenance required to keep the unit running efficiently.
Every three months, pull out the filters and properly vacuum then wash them. Every six to eight months, pull out the core and soak it in water before putting it back into the unit. Watch our ventilation experts demonstrate these steps to see how simple it is.
For more in-depth installation instructions, view the HERO installation manual.
Bruno Poitras, Fantech North American Product Manager – IAQ
Bruno Poitras has worked at Fantech for over six years, serving three years as IAQ Product Manager. At Fantech, Bruno is actively involved in product development, regularly speaking with installers to ensure Fantech’s products provide effective solutions to overcome common challenges.
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