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Old 2007-02-12, 09:24 PM
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Hello all,

I've been hearing about some possible dangers of carpets and potential carcinogens. VOC. Volatile organic compounds.

As most of us a young home owners looking to start families, I've heard of fire retardant in mother's breast milk at very high rates.

Some are linking carpets and other Volatile organic compounds in new homes as a potential cause. Sparyfoam insulation was another topic we talked about.

Has anyone done any research on new carpets? And I'm not asking for "awe common, it has to be safe, or my sister's friend's friend says it's okay"

Reputable sources go a long way.
ANnnnnnnd discuss.
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Old 2007-02-12, 10:19 PM
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A very good reason to invest in your families health and install an HRV (Heat recovery Ventilator).

An HRV will exchange all the air in your home every three hours while recovering 70-80% of the heat from the exhaust stream.

http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/residential/p...ion.cfm?attr=4
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Old 2007-02-12, 11:06 PM
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Not to mention that the HRV will also help to control the humidity in the home.
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Old 2007-02-12, 11:17 PM
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Not to mention that the HRV will also help to control the humidity in the home.
Yes, by drying your air in the winter and making your air super humid in the summer overloading the AC. What you want is an ERV...
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Old 2007-02-13, 05:31 AM
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Oooh, I thought those were the same.

What's the difference between HRV and ERV?
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Old 2007-02-13, 09:12 AM
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Oooh, I thought those were the same.

What's the difference between HRV and ERV?
hrv = heat recovery
erv = energy recovery

The ERV keeps the humidity as well as the heat.
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Old 2007-02-13, 09:45 AM
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hrv = heat recovery
erv = energy recovery

The ERV keeps the humidity as well as the heat.
Make sure if you get an ERV, you get one with defrost port or it will freeze solid in the winter.

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Old 2007-02-13, 10:43 AM
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Make sure if you get an ERV, you get one with defrost port or it will freeze solid in the winter.

Jason
yeah, I'm getting the Venmar Duo. Far from the greatest but that's all I could upgrade too from the standard crappy HRV the builder provides.

I've read in their install manual that in the winter, the unit operates for 10 minutes and then is in defrost more for 10 minutes.. so yeah, defrost is really needed!
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Old 2007-02-13, 11:39 AM
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This is the one we are thinking of installing:

http://www.aprilaire.com/index.php?z...y=16&item=8100
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Old 2007-02-13, 11:48 AM
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This is the one we are thinking of installing:

http://www.aprilaire.com/index.php?z...y=16&item=8100
What's the cost on something like this?

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