Energy Recovery Ventilator Ratings, A Repairman Reviews The Brands...

With our energy recovery ventilator ratings, you can cut through all the sales hype and find the best value. We have researched the manufacturers' data and combined it with our HVAC industry service experience to produce our unique system of ratings. We have given you our top pick followed by a complete list of manufacturers and their ratings.

World's Best ERV: 

Our top rated energy recovery ventilator is Carrier which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The PERFORMANCE SERIES units are cross flow units with automatic defrost and a very good warranty. They are available in both horizontal and vertical models.

Other Energy Recovery Ventilator Ratings

We continue our energy recovery ventilator ratings with an alphabetical list of manufacturers and reviews of their products.



The ULTIMA iERV features energy efficient EC motors and can operate as a HRV or an ERV for flexibility. They have electronic controls and can maintain a set humidity level. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy.<1* 

They offer a variety of models in the AEROMATIC series. The units are available in North America but the warranty on the core is not very good when compared to other brands.

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These ventilators are made in China and offer variable airflows. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated guarantee for their products.


The ACCUEXCHANGE units are available in three sizes to match the fresh air needs of your home. They have an easy slide out filter but it is only a basic washable filter. The brand is a part of INGERSOLL RAND and the units are backed by a good guarantee.<1*

The model 8100 units are designed for continuous operation. They are basic units with cross-flow cores for efficient transfer but their website is not much help and the warranty is not very good.<1*

This brand is a subsidiary of NORTEK and the units are made by VENMAR. The brand offers three sizes of basic units but the warranty is not very good.*

The units are manufactured by Venmar. The PREFERRED LINE offers vertical or horizontal mounted units. They feature a crossflow core and either basic, standard, or automatic controls. The units have automatic defrost based on outside air temperature and are backed by a very good warranty.<1* 

This brand is made in Canada and is sold throughout North America. The 120 HYBRID is a dual core ERV/HRV stand alone system designed for basements. It has one path for air from the basement where humidity is always removed and a separate path through its own core for the rest of the house. The units do not require a condensate drain but the guarantee on the core is not very good when compared to other brands.

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