Do we need an ERV?

pbx2_gwSeptember 19, 2012

Asking some questions as we are approaching this decision on our new build.

It will have a certified blower test (earthcraft) & rafters will be foam & walls will be blown closed cell.

Build is in Mid-Atlantic with humidity & 90's in summer & mid 40's winters.

Cooking over 30" gas range with 600 cfm hood vent.

While we will be house tight we are allergic still to smells ,dryness & even humidity if the latter does infiltrate.

Assuming we need an ERV:

1) What are some good moderately priced unit that provides good value & performance?

2) Is the term ERV same as MUA (makeup air)?

Thanks for any ideas.

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Add that the house will be 3000 sf & 1.5 stories.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2012 at 11:55AM
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Add that we will be using Heat pump & gas.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2012 at 12:01PM
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go to
there is a guy there who has
the screen name of Teddy Bear.
that is who I'd talk to.
put his name in the subject posting

he will recommend a whole house
dehumidifier with ducted fresh air.
but he can explain the ins and outs
much better than I.

good choice to put foam in rafters,
just make sure it meets code R-value
requirements. open cell is about R-4.2 per
inch, so the inches/r-value HAS to meet
code. 3" does not perform as R-30.

for walls, putting foam sheathing to exterior
(rigid extruded polystyrene), taping all seams
and holes, and sealing sole plate to slab will
make wall air tight to interior. proper flashing
of doors windows and all exterior pentrations..including
framing will complete exterior air sealing.
use convnetional insulation in walls and air
tight drywall approach to interior. save the
foam insulation for walls money to invest in
other areas.

go to & search for 'perfect wall'
construction. while I've recommended this for years
based on what works here in La. and the cost/verified
install side of new homes, this is according to
building science sites a wall that works in all
climates. sure pays back quicker than foam inside of

best of luck.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2012 at 1:33PM
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