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Can i cover my outside house vents in the winter?

Can i put covers over my out side vents in the winter?

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You should never cover any vents, they are there for a reason, to keep you safe from fumes, damp, etc.. (If talking about vents that are outside you home). If you are talking about appliance vents then you run the risk of them breaking if you cover the vents, due to overheating

Vents that are outside the home including boiler vents etc... exhume all of the carbon dioxide that is bad for you. Vents that are there to stop damp, if blocked may cause you to have a problem with damp in the future.

Posted on Jan 15, 2009

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