Fantech HRVs Improve First Nations Housing

Why are HRVs important in First Nations housing?

Based on National and Provincial building codes, Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRV) are required in most newly built dwellings.

HRVs are ventilation devices that bring a continuous supply of fresh, filtered outside air into the home while simultaneously exhausting stale, humid air to the outside. HRVs save energy by recovering heat from the exhaust air in the winter and exhaust environmental contaminants for improved indoor air quality.

HRVs control excess humidity in the home. This is an important factor for northern First Nations housing because it reduces the chances of mold growing in the house. Mold is a destructive fungal growth that adversely affects indoor air quality. Mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present, thus moisture control is mold control.

 An HRV in operation: cool, fresh incoming air is tempered by warm, humid outgoing air as it passes through the HRV core.   

An HRV in operation: cool, fresh incoming air is tempered by warm, humid outgoing air as it passes through the HRV core.


Using HRVs to eliminate mold problems in First Nations Housing

Many First Nations homes are plagued by mold growing in the moist, humid environment of the building envelope. Builders, contractors, First Nations bands and governments now recognize that air quality and moisture control have an important impact on the longevity and quality of a new home.

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the National Research Council (NRC) are all recommending that HRVs be installed and properly configured in new and renovated First Nations housing.

Over the course of the last year, we have seen a significant increase in the number of HRV installations in new residential buildings on First Nations Reserves. Most reserves are located in remote rural areas, very isolated from major urban centers.

Expensive warranty service for remote rural First Nations locations

It’s a long drive for contractors installing ventilation systems and HRVs in new First Nations homes. Their margins disappear if there are return trips for maintenance and warranty work. If a contractor can avoid a 3-hour round trip to fix an HRV, that time can be allocated to billable, revenue-generating projects.

Through the course of a year, imagine making a trip like this every month.  After 12 months, you will have lost 36 hours due to travel time!

Avoiding warranty and service calls with reliable Fantech HRVs

The highly reliable Fantech HRVs are helping HVAC and Mechanical Contractors save time and money by reducing warranty service calls. Fantech’s material and manufacturing processes produce reliable ventilation products that Fantech can confidently protect with the best warranty in the market.

Customers (and installers) are protected by separate warranties on the HRV Core, Motor and Parts that are equal or superior to other manufacturers in the industry:

  • Fantech HRV Core: Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Fantech HRV Motor: 7 Year Warranty
  • Fantech HRV Parts: 5 Year Warranty

    Not only does this warranty protect the home owner against defects and malfunctions, but it also gives the contractor the peace of mind that Fantech has utmost confidence in their products. A better warranty means less return trips to fix broken parts.

This was the message from one of our customers in a recent bid:

“We’ve always carried Fantech and we’ve never had any complaints. Our customers want high quality ventilation products, so that is why we supply them with Fantech. We refuse to offer something that is inferior.”

By standing behind their HRVs with a superior warranty, Fantech has sent the message that their products are built and tested for the harsh Canadian climate. They will outlast the competition, even in remote locations like northern First Nations Reserves.

Contact Martech for information about a Fantech HRV trial in your region

To request a Fantech HRV demonstration or trial for your company or customer, use the “Learn More” button at the bottom of this page to send your info into Martech and a customer service person will follow up with you in 24 hours.