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Nov 17, 2008
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Where to buy a HVAC (specifically HRV/ERV) online

I'm looking to buy a HRV or ERV. I have the option of picking it up across the border.

So far I have found www.pexsupply.com, any other recommendations?
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I'm also looking to buy a ERV online. If you're not looking for a specific brand, you can take a look at the following sites: climatedoctors and Alpine Home Air. They sell Honeywell and Fantech. Honeywell's ERVs are made by LifeBreath.

I don't think Pexsupply will ship to another address other than your credit card billing address. So you won't be able to ship it at the UPS store near the borders for example.
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Unnatural wrote:
Jan 11th, 2010 10:06 am
I'm also looking to buy a ERV online. If you're not looking for a specific brand, you can take a look at the following sites: climatedoctors and Alpine Home Air. They sell Honeywell and Fantech. Honeywell's ERVs are made by LifeBreath.

I don't think Pexsupply will ship to another address other than your credit card billing address. So you won't be able to ship it at the UPS store near the borders for example.
It's possible, you just need to set up your CC with the alternate shipping address. I do this all the time.
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Check the yellow pages (or most likely Google) for the names of local distributors. Depending on the brand, you can easily find a local distributor.

For example, I have ordered a Venmar AVS EKO 1.5 for $1578 including tax from my local distributor. Most US sites want US$1500 shipped, so ordering online isn't necessarily the cheapest option. The distributor gave me 20% off the list price and I had to pay immediately with visa rather than on account.

Which unit were you planning on picking up?
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Construction has barely begun for a new home purchase. What kind of provisions will I need to request the builder so that I can install a HRV/ERV? Or should the existing or planned duct system be sufficient?

Thanks.
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Hi,

I'm looking for this exact model Venmar EKO 1.5 (with the ECM motors).

Which distributor did you get it from?

rf134a wrote:
Jan 12th, 2010 10:51 am
Check the yellow pages (or most likely Google) for the names of local distributors. Depending on the brand, you can easily find a local distributor.

For example, I have ordered a Venmar AVS EKO 1.5 for $1578 including tax from my local distributor. Most US sites want US$1500 shipped, so ordering online isn't necessarily the cheapest option. The distributor gave me 20% off the list price and I had to pay immediately with visa rather than on account.

Which unit were you planning on picking up?
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I just had a discussion about this with some EE's (note: that they aren't exactly HVAC specialists).

Specifically, ERV's aren't recommended for cold climates since ERV's also exchange moisture. And we know darn well what happens to moisture when the temperature is below 0C: The membrane would just freeze up and you'll have a broken ERV.

Mind you, at least that's what I was told.. better to get an HRV + humidifier (in winter) + dehumidifier (in summer). The dehumidifier can be your A/C or a standalone dehumidifier.

EDIT: I just read this: http://www.vanee.ca/literature/res_spec ... 01_ERV.pdf and it seems that if the temp gets too cold, this ERV wouldn't be that effective. I imagine that during the defrost cycle, it's not moving that much air through the house..
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sjb110 wrote:
Jan 10th, 2010 11:47 pm
I'm looking to buy a HRV or ERV. I have the option of picking it up across the border.

So far I have found www.pexsupply.com, any other recommendations?
which one do u want? there is a difference b/w the HRV and ERV. HRV just recovers heat but ERV recovers heat and humidity

for several designs at the mechanical firm i work at we spec'd Fantech units. they do alot of commercial and residential products.
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For you DIY's, I had a difficult time finding a distributor to sell me the HRV directly as most will only sell to HVAC installers.

But I did manage to directly purchase from a distributor.

Paid $1120.60 plus tax for the VanEE HRV 90 H-V ECM (same as the to Venmar HRV EKO 1.5)
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