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Old 01-29-2010, 12:20 AM   #1
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Floor or wall registers- which do you prefer?


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I'm currently in the middle of a total gut and remodel of a family room on my house, 14' x 18'. I'm just about to insulate and close up walls, but the last thing on the list is to finish up the HVAC.

Existing room had two wall registers on far outside 18' wall. I removed them for some modifications (furring out walls for more insulation, etc.). I had plannned to just put those back in. They are on either side of some large windows, and one is aligned to the edge of the window, while the other is 16" over from the edge and it drives me nuts- probably ridiculous but I like symmetry. Basement is not finished so I could move it over a joist bay- no big deal.

My real question- what are the pros and cons of floor vs. wall registers? I like the clean look of a floor register, but concerned about dropping things in them, etc. Do the experts have a preference? Either way, it seems you don't want furniture in front of them and we never have furniture along those windows anyways. Are there other concerns?

If I put them in the floor, I'd be eliminating a short wall stack, but either way will have a 90 degree stack boot under the floor, so I'm not too concerned about changing the dynamics of the HVAC system. Should I be in this case? Old walls were 2x4 with a 2.5"x10" to 6x10 register head off a 90 degree stack boot under the floor, 5" sheetmetal round ducts supplying these. Walls are now furred to 2x6 size. If I put them in the wall should I go with the same register head size?

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I would put them in the floor so you can fully insulate the wall. Otherwise you will lose some capacity.

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I had floor registers at my last house, radiators here
I'd rather have a fully insulated wall too
The only advantage I see on a wall register is that it blows the air out into the room
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Air changes are air changes....cfm in and cfm out.....all is equal. With that said it is best to have supplies on outside wall area and return on inside wall area whether floor or wall.
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Generally speaking the floor registers are better for heat, and ceiling difusers are better for air conditioning. So it depends on which you use the most.
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Put them on the floor.

Supplies registers should not be on an outside wall.

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