Outside air intake. Good idea?

by Lip
(Indiana)

Is oxygen depletion a concern? My house is very tightly sealed and well insulated, including spray foamed foundation crawlspace. I can easily fabricate a fresh air source from crawl to intake on underside of stove with shutoff for when stove is not in use. Good or bad idea?


Answer

Lip,

This is actually a common problem with new tightly sealed homes. Not only is oxygen depletion a concern, but draft problems with the appliance are also prevelant.

Many home owners decide to install an outside air intake and it solves their problems. I personally haven't done this myself, but I have heard a lot of positive reviews from folks that have done it.

As always, it's best to check with the manufacturer to see if there is a kit available to make the process easier.

Good luck!

-Firewood Matt

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