Canadian Design and Construction Report staff writer
Zehnder America is North America’s leader in high-efficiency heat recovery ventilators (HRV) and energy recovery ventilators (ERV). The company offers HRVs, ERVs, and air distribution systems, which provide a constant supply of pre-tempered fresh filtered air in buildings.
Technical sales engineer Matt Groves says Zehnder offers the highest efficiency systems available in the North American market. All of the company’s units have been both HVI (Home Ventilating Institute) and Passive House certified.
The company’s website says the heat recovery ventilation device recovers up to 90 per cent of the energy of the extract air to warm incoming fresh air, saving on heating costs. Air flow rates can be adjusted for each room to provide optimal comfort levels and customization.
Groves says Zehnder’s units provide a healthier and more comfortable environment and can be equipped with an upgraded filter for those with higher allergen sensitivities.
The whole house heat recovery ventilation system has a dual function: extracting moist, stale air from wet rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms and supplying fresh, filtered air to living spaces.
Zehnder’s full line of HRVs and ERVs have been installed in many multi-family, single family, small commercial and school buildings. Groves says the company just released a new, much smaller unit which is a great solution for smaller spaces that require an individual controlled unit.
“The new, CA70 fits on an exterior wall and uses a single penetration,” Groves said.
Offering greater flexibility, Groves say it’s a cost-effective unit for smaller spaces such as studio or one-bedroom apartments. Its ability to allow individual control also makes it an option for multi-family projects with individual room controls. While it doesn’t require it, the unit can be ducted to a bathroom to provide a complete ventilation solution for the space.
Zehnder’s technical team will help with designing the ventilation system to ensure optimal indoor air quality and comfortable living. He says as part of its service, Zehnder works with clients to determine which unit is most efficient and cost-effective and provides a free basic ventilation design to facilitate the project. “We work closely with architects, builders, and developers in the planning process.”
Zehnder then provides installers with training tools including online videos and workshops, which are offered across North America.
“Finally, we commission or quality assure (QA) all systems. This final step is critical in ensuring that our systems have been installed and commissioned as designed, and assures the building owner that the system will meet its designed specifications.”
“Zehnder America has established multiple dealers to provide timely delivery and support for our systems across Canada.” Groves said. Western Canada is supported by Small Planet Supply in Vancouver while Pinwheel Building Supply, south of Toronto, provides systems to Eastern Canada. Both dealers are fully stocked with systems for quick delivery.
Groves says all of this is backed up by a significant warehousing facility in Buffalo, and technical sales engineers across North America.
Zehnder America is a division of the Zehnder Group, which specializes in advanced heating, cooling, and ventilation solutions. The Zehnder Group has been in business since 1895.
For more information, visit zehnderamerica.com.