I live in Southwestern Ontario (seasonal temps of around -5°c in the winter, around 30°c in the summer) and I would like to build a cold room in my basement.
The basement is unfinished with poured concrete walls, concrete floor and standard North American layout joists (18" apart) in the ceiling.
I will be framing with some insulation, and plan to use foam board to cover the ceiling.
My question is regarding the ventilation: My research shows that I should have two vents, one pulling cool air from the outside running down to around floor level, and one vent to the outside for warmer air to leave.
This makes perfect sense in the winter, however in the summer this would lead to warm air (around 30°c) being pulled into the cold room.
Is there a solution to this besides using some kind of a/c unit?