Steve and Barb Manternach Open House Dates and Directions
Saturday, March 23: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 24: Noon until 4:00 p.m.
Address: 7656 24th Ave., Watkins
Directions: From Watkins, drive north on 26th Ave. to County Road E66 (77th St.), then travel west to 24th Ave. Drive north to 7656. From Blairstown, drive east on County Road E66 to 24th Ave. Drive north to 7656.
Manternach home showcases all-electric home building
On March 23 and 24, East-Central Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative member-consumers Steve and Barb Manternach will open the doors to their all-electric home. 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 Steve and Barb for agreeing to co-host an event with ECI REC,” said Manager of Communications Lisa Franck. “This 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.”
Our second open house home features a geothermal heat pump, installed by Rabe Hardware of Blairstown. This three-and-a-half-ton model uses solar heat stored in the earth to provide heating and cooling along with domestic hot water.
The Manternach home features efficient zone heating, controlled by three thermostats. The main thermostat is in the hallway coming into the house from the garage. The second thermostat is located in the master bedroom to regulate the temperature in that room. The third thermostat regulates the temperature in the basement. There is also a remote control that can be used to change any of the thermostats in any of the rooms.
For indoor air quality, the Manternach home has a Fresh Air ventilator, which introduces fresh air into the home. This improves the quality of the indoor air and the humidity. A Quiet Comfort whole house exhaust fan is installed in the garage. Additionally, an ultraviolet light in the return air duct will kill molds and bacteria.
The exterior walls, done by Van Hamme Construction from Tama, are made of insulated concrete forms, which provide superior insulation and limit air infiltration. The Pella windows are low-E and vacuum-filled, which provide superior U value.
The major appliances, including the clothes washer, refrigerator, dishwasher, 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 a premium-grade electric no-vent water heater.
This home also features a water softener, central vacuum system, and a fully rated 400-amp, double-throw main switch for standby generator operation, as well as fluorescent and LED lighting throughout. It far exceeds the Iowa Model Energy Code, verified through ResCheck software.
Finally, the home’s doorways are all zero entrance, ensuring that this home is one the Manternachs can enjoy for years to come.