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vänEE Ventilators

VanEEIn today’s super insulated homes, ensuring a fresh supply of air can be a challenge. That’s because bringing air indoors during winter can mean losing heat that you pay for. Luckily heat and energy recovery ventilators from vänEE were engineered to solve that problem in our climate.

In fact, Dirk vänEE, former member of the University of Saskatchewan engineering department, led the team who created the smaller, transportable heat recovery ventilators that have become standard today. They can be used in normal houses but still provide excellent rates of air exchange.

Certified Vanee SpecialistIf you want to improve your indoor air quality, a ventilator may be the right solution for you. The heating and cooling experts at Ottawa Home Services would be happy to advise you on how to get the right solution for your needs and your particular home. As a Certified vänEE Specialist who has been trained in correct installation, we can offer even better warranty protection.

We’re committed to friendly, professional service without any pressure to buy. Our quotes are free and the price stays valid for 30 days. That means you have plenty of time to come to a decision. Best of all, our 100% satisfaction guarantee means you’ll be happy with your purchase for many years to come. To get started, just ask for your free quote.

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vänEE Ventilators We Carry

Here are the most common series/models we recommend to our customers. This table shows to overall highlights – if you need more details please get the advice of an Ottawa Home Services comfort expert.

vanEE ventilators

Many of these models are available in both HRV (heat recovery ventilation) mode and ERV (energy recovery ventilation mode). Some can be easily switched between the two. The difference lies in ERVs providing fresh air that has been dehumidified.

Which do we recommend? It depends on your home. While we recommend ERVs a lot of the time, there are a couple of things to consider:

  • ERVs are better in general year round. In summer, they transfer humidity from incoming air to the outgoing air, helping to keep the humidity level in your home within an acceptable range. If you used an HRV, it would be allowing more humid air to come in that your air conditioner would have to expend energy to remove.
  • In winter, HRVs are great if you tend to get windows that sweat and frost up. If you tend to have extremely dry air, ERVs are better. This is because the transfer of humidity reverses (as compared to summer) and they take any humidity from outgoing air and transfer it to incoming air.

The values in the table below shows the effectiveness range. Specific models will be somewhere within the range. Please check the brochure for the exact numbers for each model in each series.

PLUS Ventilator
Bronze Series
Gold Series
90H-V ECM Series
HE Series
Energy Star
 Yes, except for model 44200  Yes, except for 190H  Yes  Yes  Yes
Effectiveness at
0°C (low speed)
 70% – 77%  76% – 81%  76% – 83%  73 % – 83%  94% – 95%
Rate of
Air Flow (CFM)*
 35-70  39-98
45 – 108
 60 W  100 W – 240 W  150 W – 200 W 24 W at 49 CFM
32 W at 81 CFM
26 W at 53 CFM
37 W at 84 CFM
250 W – 500W
Home Size  Small  Small to Large  Mid to Large  Small to Mid  Mid to Large
Sound Quiet Quiet Extra Quiet Quiet Ultra Quiet
Washable Filters Yes Yes  Yes Yes
 3-year parts and labour warranty.
Limited lifetime warranty on HRV core.
 3-year parts and labour warranty.
Limited lifetime warranty on HRV core.
 3-year labour warranty.
5-year warranty on parts;
limited lifetime warranty on core
 3-year labour warranty.
5-year warranty on parts and core (ERV);
limited lifetime warranty on HRV core
 3-year labour warranty.
5-year warranty on parts;
limited lifetime warranty on core.

* CFM at 0.4 inches of water (100 Pa)

For more details on individual models, please see the brochure.

What The Ventilator Specs Mean

In the table above we’ve used some standards and terms you may wish to learn more about.


Ventilators will exchange the air in CFM, or cubic feet per minute. The higher the number the better; a residential heat recovery ventilator can move up to 200 CFM. The fan speed has different settings to allow for different living situations, and smaller CFM rates can be appropriate for small spaces.

Apparent Sensible Effectiveness (ASEF)

ASEF is the difference between the heat in the incoming air as compared to the outgoing air. It’s a measure of how well your HRV is retaining heat; the higher the number, the better.

Experts on Your Side

It’s important to get the right ventilator for your home size in order to really get the full benefit. Balancing that with purchase cost can take some understanding. That’s why our heating and cooling consultants make sure you get the right model by visiting your home, taking measurements and doing the proper calculations, and learning about your preferences.

Since 2003 Ottawa Home Services has been building its reputation for excellent services one customer at a time. We do that through our friendly, low-key approach and our pressure-free sales. In fact, we give you quotes that are valid for 30 days so that you have enough time to make a decision. We back our installations with a 100% satisfaction guarantee: you’ll be happy with your new ventilator or we’ll work until you are.

To find out more about how ventilators can improve your indoor air or to get a recommendation on the right model for you, ask for your free quote.

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