ERVs moving into the mass-market residential building sector
Not long ago, whole home balanced ventilation was for high performance custom homes seeking some kind of green certification. But now the concept is going mainstream, moving into mass-market homes with affordable technology.
At the 2016 AHR Expo, Dominic Blanchette, global director of engineering - Indoor Air Quality for Broan-NuTone LLC, discussed the trend in the market for ERV and HRV use in the custom as well as mass-market residential builders
Blanchette reviewed the company's offerings for both ends of the spectrum. The lower-end product aimed at mass market builders will allow families to enjoy the benefits of whole-home ventilation. Blanchette discussed both Heat Recovery (HRV) and Energy Recovery (ERV) technologies.
These technologies help to minimize loss of heat or coolness as follows: The HRVs transfer heat from exhaust air expelled from the house to the fresh air entering the house, without mixing the stale air and the fresh air. In addition to this feature, the ERVs limit the amount of moisture entering the house (ideal for humid climates).
Read more about ERV and HRV technology.
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