Hydronic air handler ratings part 2 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Excologix, Geofurnace, Geostar, IBC, Lennox, Lifebreath, Multiaqua, Nordic, and Nu-Air brands.
These units are made in Canada and sold throughout North America. The EC SERIES units have a variable speed fan and includes the hydronic pump and check valve as well as the coil. They are multi-position units but their website is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy.
The MAGNUM SERIES HYDROCOIL units feature variable speed blowers, a built-in condensate trap, and a durable stainless steel drain pan. Their website does not have a stated guarantee for the units.
GEOSTAR----- geostar-geo.com -----<1*
The ASTON air handler features a variable speed blower for quiet and efficient operation. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy.
This brand is made in Canada through a partnership with NUTECH BRANDS. The air handlers feature full airflow modulation and use a standard A coil for air conditioning. They are backed by a good guarantee but their cooling capacity is limited to 3.5 tons which may not be adequate for many homes.
The CBWMV model air handlers are available in five sizes to match the requirements of any home. They are multi-position, have built-in freeze protection, a variable speed fan motor, and use state of the art electronic control. They are backed by a very good warranty.
This brand is a part of AIRIA BRANDS INC. They are sold through dealers in Canada and the USA. The standard models do not include an evaporator for air conditioning.
These units are for systems that use water for both heating and cooling. They offer optional backup electrical heat and are multi-position units for ease of installation. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy.
This brand is made in Canada by MARITIME GEOTHERMAL LTD. The AHW series is available as horizontal or vertical models but only in one size. They have a variable speed fan motor for quiet and efficient operation. They are available in the USA and Canada and are backed by a good guarantee.
NU-AIR ---- nu-airventilation.com ----4*
The ENERBOSS units are available as heat only, heat/cool, or heat/cool/ventilate units. They contain an integrated heat recovery unit and have a variable speed fan motor. They are backed by a good warranty.