I'm finished framing the basement of our new home. It has only 4
windows, only two of which will end up in the family room, the other 2
in the furnace room. There is also a bathroom and another bedroom, but
there are no windows there. I figure that over time they will get to
smell funky, so, while the walls are opened up I'm trying to figure
out a way to vent air in and out of these rooms. Our heating system is
hot water so, running ductwork is not an option. The downstairs will
have a suspended ceiling.
I'm thinking of using large flexible hoses with a small quiet fan
somewhere in the middle going to and from two vents on the outside
(similar to dryer hose vents) with a switch that can turn the fan
on/off. But in wintertime this will allow cold air into the room.
What about a stand-alone room air purifier? Is there such a thing?
Something like a "whole house" heat exchanger / ventilator, you need
constant air exchange. Maybe this is overkill but it will preserve
your conditioned air & give you fresh air.....they're not cheap. Your
dual fan system will work fine when you don't need to save conditioned
Honestly the whole setup makes me a little nervous (is it entirely
below grade?) from a CO &CO2 point of view. Consider a CO sensor & an
alarm for fan failure.
A room with "windows" into other room (most of these without windows)
doesn't really have much in the way of windows. If you consider most
home layouts, rooms w/o windows are using meant for temporary / short
term occupancy (closets & bathrooms).
I might be being a little too worried but i'm sure you want to enjoy
your new space for a long time.
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