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Aprilaire Model 8100 Energy Recovery Ventilation System

The whole-home Aprilaire Model 8100 Energy Recovery Ventilation System (ERV) is among the most energy efficient methods of exchanging the air inside your home with fresh outdoor air.

Today’s homes are being built tighter for energy efficiency. Unfortunately, this also makes it nearly impossible for your home to expel stale, indoor air and replace it with fresh, cleaner outdoor air. As a result, unpleasant odors and harmful pollutants become trapped in your home.

The Aprilaire Model 8100 Energy Recovery Ventilator System (ERV):

  • Provides a constant, controlled supply of fresh air to your home year-round.
  • Features the exclusive EnergyMax® Transfer Core, which saves energy by effectively retaining and utilizing the energy value from your indoor air.
  • Ventilates homes up to 4,500 square feet in size.

 

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Enjoy Fresh Air Without Raising Heating and Cooling Costs

The Aprilaire Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) exchanges stale, polluted indoor air with fresh, clean outdoor air throughout your entire home without wasting energy. It is installed as part of your central heating and cooling system, or as an independent system, by a local HVAC professional.


The heart of the ERV is the EnergyMax® Transfer Core, which uses enthalpic technology based on the second law of thermodynamics to enable the transfer of heat as well as moisture into and out of your home. This means:

  • In the summer, the ERV uses the stale, conditioned indoor air you’re expelling to cool the incoming hot air.
  • In the winter, the ERV uses the stale, heated indoor air you’re expelling to preheat the incoming cold air.

Learn more about the science behind the Aprilaire Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV).



Additional Features & Benefits

  • Reduces excess indoor humidity levels for greater comfort at a lower cost.
  • Reduces odors and unhealthy indoor air pollutants such as formaldehyde, radon, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon dioxide, smoke, dust, bacteria, viruses and more.
  • Aprilaire Model 8100 Energy Recovery Ventilator Systems manufactured in February 2012 or later may be controlled with the model 8910 Aprilaire Home Comfort Control, Model 8620 Thermostat or by the Model 8120 Aprilaire Ventilation Control, allowing ventilation to occur on a schedule.
  • Designed with very few components to deliver improved performance and reliability.
  • Requires minimal maintenance.
  • Comes with a 5-year warranty.


Breathe the Air Your Family Deserves

With the Aprilaire Model 8100 Energy Recovery Ventilator System (ERV), you don’t just treat poor indoor air quality—you remove the problem altogether. Find a dealer near you to discuss your family’s specific needs today, or get replacement parts for your Model 8100 here.

FAQs

  • What is the difference between a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) and an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV)?

    Heat recovery ventilators will transfer temperature only from the high temperature airstream to the low temperature airstream. Energy recovery ventilators transfer both temperature and moisture. Since transferring temperature and moisture has benefits in the winter and summer, ERV's are the better choice in climates with high humidity.

  • What types of heating and cooling systems can an ERV be installed with?

    An ERV can be interfaced with any forced air HVAC system. It can also be used as an independent ventilation system in homes without a forced air HVAC system. The HVAC installer will know the best method of installation for each application.

  • Is a ventilation system like the Aprilaire Model 8100 Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) necessary only in a new home or are they needed in an existing home as well?

    An ERV can be installed in any home and become an integral part of the heating and air conditioning system. Your heating and cooling contractor can furnish specific details regarding your home and what type of ventilation system it requires. Please use our Dealer Locator on this site to find one near you. Dealer Locator.

  • What is the main benefit of an Energy Recovery Ventilator?

    An ERV constantly removes odors and/or indoor pollutants, such as radon, formaldehyde, tobacco smoke, nitrogen dioxides, carbon monoxide, pesticides, etc., and replaces it with fresh outside air to provide a healthier indoor environment.

  • What is the warranty on the Aprilaire model 8100 Energy Recovery Ventilator?

    The Aprilaire Energy Recovery Ventilator has a 5-year limited warranty on parts including the core from the date of installation, when installed by a licensed HVAC installer.

  • What is the required maintenance of the Aprilaire model 8100 Energy Recovery Ventilator?

  • How does the Aprilaire model 8100 Energy Recovery Ventilator work?

    The Aprilaire Energy Recovery Ventilator uses indoor conditioned air to pre-heat or pre-cool the incoming outside air, depending on the season. During the winter season the cross-flow design of the EnergyMax transfer core allows the incoming outside air to be pre-heated by the warm stale indoor air being exhausted from the home. This process reduces the energy required by the heating system to warm the incoming air. In the summer season outside air is pre-cooled by the warm stale indoor air being exhausted from the home. Since the outside air is warmer than the inside air it is cooled even though the inside air is also warm.

  • Do I need a dehumidifier if I have an Aprilaire model 8100 Energy Recovery Ventilator?

    The Aprilaire Energy Recovery Ventilator primary function is to remove stale polluted air from your home. It does remove moisture as it transfers the temperature from the outgoing air to the incoming air. Provided the moisture in the incoming air is lower than the moisture in the home, the humidity level in the home will be reduced. If you have moisture issues in your home we would suggest considering an Aprilaire whole house dehumidifier. Please visit http://www.aprilaire.com/index.php?znfAction=ProductsCat&category=dehumid to learn more. 

  • How can I control the operation of my Aprilaire model 8100 Energy Recovery Ventilator?

    The Aprilaire Energy Recovery Ventilator has an on/off switch which enables continuous operation. Whenever the on/off switch is turned on your home will receive a constant supply of outside air. The model 8100 Aprilaire Energy Recovery Ventilators may also be controlled with the model 8910 Aprilaire Home Comfort Control, model 8620 Thermostat or by the model 8120A Aprilaire Ventilation Control, allowing ventilation to occur on a schedule.

  • Can I use an ERV all year?

    Yes. You can keep your windows closed and operate the ERV constantly all year while efficiently producing a fresh and secure environment.

  • How does an ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator) function?

    Fresh air is constantly brought into the home by the system and a like amount of stale indoor air is exhausted at the same time; in other words, the same amount of air is being exchanged. However, the hot or cold energy (depending on the season) is extracted from the indoor air before it’s exhausted and transferred to the incoming air, so that there is little energy lost.

  • What is the warranty on the Aprilaire model 8126A Ventilation Control System?

    The Aprilaire Ventilation Control System has a 5-year limited warranty on parts from the date of installation, when installed by a licensed HVAC installer.

  • How do I control the operation of my Aprilaire model 8126A Ventilation Control System?

    The Aprilaire Ventilation Control System will bring outside air into your home to reduce the stale indoor air in your home. The actual rate of ventilation required is determined by the size of your home and the number of occupants. This ensures the optimum amount of ventilation will be provided so as not to over or under ventilate your home. By simply setting the dial of the ventilation control to the amount of minutes you want to ventilate, the ventilation control will open a damper and activate the HVAC system’s blower to bring outside air in for the minutes the control is set for. In addition, the ventilation control utilizes an outdoor temperature sensor. This allows the control to always know the outdoor temperature so it will not open the damper if the outside temperature is too hot or cold. The control will not allow the indoor relative humidity to increase to 60% RH.

  • What is the required maintenance of the Aprilaire model 8126A Ventilation Control System?

    The Aprilaire Ventilation Control System requires very little maintenance. The intake duct includes a vent hood located on the outside of the home which typically includes a screen in the vent hood. This intake vent hood should be inspected regularly as the ventilation control will not perform properly if the intake vent screen is clogged with debris.

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