I have an old oil furnace that is vented to a chimney flue, with a damper.
I live in Maryland in a county where burning yard waste is legal. This can cause me to have an asthma attack when my furnace or air conditioning is on, and now my young son has also started to develop asthma.
I am fine if the furnace or AC are off or if my neighbor is not burning. But as soon as she starts, I have an asthma attack.
I have a little air monitoring device that shows air pollutants going up in my basement room where the furnace is installed as soon as the burning starts - the pollution outside is much higher but I also get some of that pollution inside my basement at the same time it goes up outside when it is full of smoke.
It can only come from the furnace - I only use the dryer on the morning when she is at work and not burning crap.
Currently I am debating between installing an electric furnace which does not require venting outside or moving (but prices have gone through the roof and my options are limited).
Would an electric furnace still draw air from outside (knowing most of my windows are sealed with tape now)?