Broan ERV100HC & ERV200HC Energy Recovery Ventilators Review
These Broan ERVs are suitable for medium and large homes, balancing the exchange of stale indoor air for fresh air from outside. The air is filter to remove dust and allergens, and reduces the moisture level of the incoming air to create more comfortable conditions in the summer months. These units come with defrost setting (called anti-freeze by Broan), so you can install them in unheated spaces.
This Broan ERV100HC & ERV200HC energy recovery ventilators review will allow you to evaluate these models for your purposes. They made our Top Rated Air Exchangers 2013 list where you’ll find other ERV and HRV models you might want to consider. We cover all the models on the list in our HVAC reviews. As ERVs, these units are best suited to areas of the country with humid warm months.
Top Features of the Broan ERV100HC & ERV200HC Energy Recovery Ventilators
These units come fully-assembled and are suspended using chains and springs. Here are the key features you can use to compare these ERVs with other models.
- Broan ERV100HC air flow from 60-142 CFM (up to 4,500 sq. ft.).
- Broan ERV200HC air flow from 110-201 CFM (up to 7,500 sq. ft.).
- Anti-freeze/defrost setting for use in unheated spaces.
- Temperature sensors insure defrost when needed.
- Fully assembled.
- Dampers included.
- Low/High/Standby modes.
- 2 washable electrostatic filters made from 30ppi reticulated foam.
- Vertical/Horizontal installation options in heated or unheated space.
- 120V operation.
Broan ERV100HC & ERV200HC Energy Recovery Ventilators Price
Broan ERVs are priced pretty competitively with the top brands in the industry. To get the best prices where you live, it makes sense to get at least 3 written estimates. This allows you to interview contractors to find the one you believe will do the best job. Using a service to get estimates can be the most convenient way to get the lowest bids in your area because contractors understand they are competing for the job. There’s no cost or obligation involved.
142 CFM Broan ERV100HC energy recovery ventilator: $1,175
201 CFM ERV200HC energy recovery ventilator: $1,350
Broan ERV100HC & ERV200HC Energy Recovery Ventilators Warranty
The 5-year warranty on the enthalpy core is better than most in the industry. The 2-year general warranty on other parts is average or slightly below average.
Why Professional Installation Matters
Choosing a qualified contractor will allow you to get the best performance from your ERV. An experienced installer will know where to place it for best results, and will be able to tune the system for maximum air exchange, giving you the freshest air possible. In other words, it makes sense to hire a pro for this job even if you’ve got good DIY skills around the house.