Mark and Nichole Recker Open House Dates and Directions
Saturday, March 9: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 10: Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Address: 9768 70th St., Arlington
Directions: From Arlington, drive west on Highway 187 to I Ave., then turn left. Drive south to 70th St., then turn right and drive west to 9768. The Recker home is on the right. From Oelwein, drive east to J. Ave. Turn left and drive north to 70th St. Drive east to 9768. The Recker home is on the north side of the road.
Recker home models efficient all-electric living
On March 9 and 10, East-Central Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative member-consumers Mark and Nichole Recker will open their home to fellow Cooperative members in order to showcase the benefits of taking an all-electric approach to home building. The home exhibits state-of-the-art technology and promotes the advantages of all-electric living in the areas of environment, indoor air quality, personal safety and security, and energy efficiency.
“We want to thank Mark and Nichole for agreeing to co-host this event with ECI REC,” said Manager of Communications Lisa Franck. “It is a great opportunity for members who may be considering remodeling or new home construction to talk to contractors as well as representatives from ECI REC about how some of these options may benefit their own projects.”
In this home, a three-ton geothermal heat pump provides heat and air conditioning for the home, as well as the domestic hot water. A four-ton water-to-water heat pump supplies heat to radiant in-floor heating in the lower level. This high-efficiency system makes use of solar energy stored in the earth, eliminates green house gases generated by fossil-fuel heating systems, and helps conserve our limited natural resources.
For indoor air quality, there is a heat recovery ventilator, which introduces fresh air into the home while exhausting stale contaminated indoor air. This improves the quality of the indoor air by controlling odor and humidity and conserves energy by using heat from stale exhaust air to warm the fresh, cold incoming air. An electronic air filtration system prevents dust and pollutants. A sealed sump pump system prevents radon and keeps the basement living area dry. A low sones exhaust fan in the bathrooms and kitchen further prevents humidity build up.
The exterior walls of the home have 2x6 framing with closed cell foam insulation and netted loose-fill high density fiberglass. Foam sheathing improves insulation and prevents air infiltration, reducing the heating and cooling equipment size necessary. The windows are Anderson low-E windows.
The major appliances, including the clothes washer, refrigerator, dishwasher, freezer, and dehumidifier, are ENERGY-STAR® qualified units.
Potable water is heated with a desuperheater from the geothermal heat pump, which captures waste air conditioning heat and is coupled with an integrated heat pump water heater.
This home features a water softener and a fully rated 200-amp, double-throw main switch for standby generator operation. The home also features fluorescent and LED lighting throughout. It far exceeds the Iowa Model Energy Code, verified through ResCheck software.