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What Is a Fresh Air Intake Vent?

Date: January 22, 2024

Keeping this vent clear is vital for efficient furnace operation.

fresh air vent boston, ma Walking around your house, you might notice a hooded opening along the side. This is your fresh air intake vent, and it’s crucial for the optimal performance of your HVAC equipment. In particular, your heating oil furnace depends on this vent to receive air. Newer systems may have more than one vent.

At Cubby Oil & Energy, our heating technicians are experienced in servicing and repairing furnace systems of all ages and configurations in the Boston area. We can help you keep your air intake vents functioning well.

How Furnaces Use Fresh Air Intake Vents

Generally speaking, furnaces take in air around them and heat it in a compression chamber. Then, a blower fan distributes this warm air through your home via ductwork. A fresh air intake vent will do what its name suggests: allow in fresh air from outside for your furnace to heat and blow into rooms. This vent helps minimize the amount of air the furnace is circulating from crawl spaces, attics and other indoor spaces that contain a higher concentration of pollutants.
By ensuring fresh air reaches your furnace, you can limit the accumulation of debris in your heating equipment and bolster your indoor air quality.

Taking Care of Your Fresh Air Intake Vent

Maintaining your fresh air intake vent is an essential part of ensuring the efficient, safe operation of your HVAC system. Here are four ways to keep this vent in good working order:

  1. Do not block the vent. Some homeowners worry this vent is letting cold air into the house and block it. This is not a good idea.
  2. Watch for foliage and debris around the vent. If you have creeping vines and weeds near your home, it’s important to check periodically to ensure they aren’t blocking your fresh air intake vent. The same is true of debris that might have blown onto your property.
  3. Check and change your furnace air filters. We recommend checking your filter at least once per month during the peak heating and cooling season. Replace the filter (or clean reusable filters) if it’s dirty and clogged. Doing so will help improve fresh airflow through your ducts.
  4. Clean your intake vents from time to time. Occasionally, it’s a good day to vacuum the vent to remove any dust or sundry debris that might be restricting airflow.

While you’re considering the airflow to your furnace, it is worth noting if you are smelling combustion odors in your home. This can be the result of a blocked vent or flue creating a backdraft, which pulls combustion gases into your home. You’ll want to contact an HVAC technician to address this situation.

Cubby’s team optimizes your furnace performance.

The best way to ensure the overall health of your heating equipment is to arrange an annual tune-up with Cubby’s world-class HVAC service team. Yearly service will improve the efficiency of our equipment, reduce the chance of a breakdown and extend its service life.

Start the year off right. Arrange furnace service with Cubby Oil & Energy.

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