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Old 03-27-2012, 07:47 PM   #1
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My wife and I are purchasing a home that we would like to take a wall down between the dining room and kitchen. Already know it is not a load bearing wall. It has two cold air return vents on it. The one in the dining room is 14 inches wide and at the top of the wall and the one in the kitchen is three feet wide and near the floor. We would like to shorten the three foot one to make it 14 inches (or completely remove it?) to allow more space for the wall to come down. Is that advisable to shorten a cold air return vent or get rid of it?

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you should not have a return in the kitchen!

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why not?
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Is that advisable to shorten a cold air return vent or get rid of it?
No.

In almost every instance houses have inadequate return air volume...
so if you're to make changes you'll want to INCREASE the cubic feet of air.

Mostly what you need is a qualified HVAC person to evaluate your air volume needs and the best location to draw the return air from.

You want to avoid return air registers in kitchens (and baths) because spreading the odor and grease laden air from these areas doesn't help anyone.
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how easy is it to relocate an air return vent?
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how easy is it to relocate an air return vent?
Every home is constructed differently so it would depend on how the current setup is.

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