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Old 2011-02-04, 05:01 PM
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Default Ottawa Richcraft Townhome Basement Vent

I currently own an Ottawa Richcraft Townhome in Ottawa south, a Fulton model.
There is an open duct approximately 6 inches in diameter at the front of the house in the basement near the ceiling of the basement. In my model of the town home this is in the storage area near the front of the townhome, above the sewer pipe and water meter.

During the winter when I place my hand in this vent I can feel cold air.

What is this vent for?

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Old 2011-02-04, 05:09 PM
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Is it in the cold cellar?
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Old 2011-02-05, 09:19 AM
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What is a cold celar?
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Old 2011-02-05, 09:46 AM
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Default Attached is a picture of the vent

I have attached a picture of the vent and a diagram of it's location.
I am wondering what this vent is used for, if any one can identify why some one would put a vent, or an open duct, where it is located?

It is not connected to the funace or ac.

It feels as if the air is cool inside of the duct when I put my hand into it.

It doesnt seem to come out to an outside vent because I can not see any vent openings in the front of the house, but the air I feel in this vent is cool as if it is some how connected to the out side.

I was wondering if the vent was put there to provide a way for air to escape to the outside from the basement? Could they run this vent all the way to the roof?
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you have insulated interior spaces over the garage and porch

there are passive vents like this used to allow air to escape the cavity between the upper floor and the garage/porch ceilings as warm air is pushed in there by the furnace

suggest you check with the builder to confirm that that is what it is

it could also be a supply or return vent they forgot to hook up
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Old 2011-02-05, 02:37 PM
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Its the vent required by the building code in a cold cellar.
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Old 2011-02-05, 02:56 PM
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these houses don't have cold cellars
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Old 2011-02-05, 05:25 PM
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I have a rigid duct that connects to a flexible duct that zig zags and runs above the garage and below the master bedroom. It's purpose is to heat the master bedroom above and to mitigate the cold air coming from the garage below. The flexible duct comes back into the basement but mine comes in about six inches above the basement floor.

Looking at the Fulton floorplan with two bedrooms above, it may be similar to the duct work I have.
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Old 2011-02-06, 01:33 PM
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I would like to thank every one for their prompt and in depth reponses. We will be trying to trace where it goes just out of curiosity and we will keep you posted.
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Most likely a passive cold air return from the garage ceiling. I have one like that. Check with the builder.
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