Are You Ready?
by Gary Klena
Now is a good time to ask
your self that question. Depending as to where
you are the weather could be a little more
extreme than in other parts of the country.
Regular maintenance of your Venmar/vanEE is
important no matter where you may be, and since
the HRV or ERV was made to allow for easy owner
regular service to keep your unit running at its
peak efficiency we thought we would pass along
some helpful reminders.
Whether you bought your
Venmar/vanEE through us here at Thermal
Associates, your contractor or another dealer we
want to remind you that we stock a long list of
filters and other parts for your Venmar
Ventilation system. So let’s take a look at
some of the things that should be on your to-do
list year round to keep your system and your
unplug your unit before sticking your hands
Filters – Checking
your filters should be a regular event for you.
If you have a main control that helps remind you
that’s good. If you don’t then we may,
depending on your model, suggest one that does.
The #03308 foam filters are inexpensive enough
that you might consider keeping another set on
hand. Properly cleaned and handled, they do last
a long time, but over time they also start to
deteriorate and lose their efficiency. Other
models have similar washable filters, but the
above applies to them as well.
Optional filters such as
the pleated, charcoal and electronic fiber can
not be washed, only replaced.
– If you have an HRV you have the core to
maintain. If it’s an ERV, then you have a
thermal wheel to maintain.
core can be removed, soaked in a mixture of cold
or lukewarm water and mild soap. Rinse
completely, shake to remove excess water and let
it’s a thermal wheel you cannot wash it!
Simply disconnect the wires, remove the wheel,
and use a vacuum with a soft brush attachment to
remove the dust.
your user manual for the cleaning of the fan
Cabinet – While
you are in the cabinet it’s a good time to
give that good cleaning too. Just take a damp
cloth and wipe out any debris that may have
collected along with wiping down the sides. If
you have a condensate drain make sure that the
hole is not blocked.
Fresh Air Damper –
Before you close up the cabinet check to make
sure your fresh air damper is working correctly.
You should have heard the motor that operates it
when you opened the door or unplugged the unit.
If not, you had better investigate further.
Condensate Line –
For an HRV unit it’s important that this is
clear and unobstructed so it can do what it
does. What it does is take the melted ice that
is created during the defrost cycle from the
bottom of the cabinet out to the drain point
that was set up for it during the installation.
Exterior Vents –
Pick a nice day to spend a few minutes outside
to check the exterior hoods. They should be
clear of any thing that could cause your unit
not to have good intake of fresh air and
exhausting of the structure stale air. A variety
of goodies could cause you problems such as
leaves, needles, dust, pollen, etc. I had better
warn you that even kids could find it
interesting that the fresh air intake could act
like a magnet for all kinds of air blocking
items. (Beware of the teacher that calls you to
find out what ‘The Venmar took my homework’
Balancing – Your unit should have been
balanced at time of installation. Normally the
balance is good for a long time, but some
factors could have changed your balance. The
balancing dampers should have been secured at
time of installation and balancing. Check to see
if they have become unsecured. Another way your
balance could have changed is if there has been
construction in the structure since
When the days and nights turn to that bone
chilling dry, cold weather you may want to limit
the run time of a HRV. Otherwise you may dry
your home out too much. Using the intermittent
exchange setting, if your control has that, or
reducing the amount of time the unit exchanges
air may help keep the humidity level more
comfortable for you.
Should you have any
questions about making sure you ‘are ready’
feel free to contact us at email@example.com.