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Old 02-15-2010, 08:19 PM   #1
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I have very tall ceilings in my house 10-16 feet. The hvac performance is adequate but it seems to me that all the supply and returns are in the wrong places. Every single supply diffuser is either 10 ft. off the floor or actually in the ceiling. And all the returns are 18 inches off the floor, with only one big one 12x18?, maybe 14 ft. up in the highest room with 3 more feet of space above that, this should be at max height I would think. I think that I could switch the ductwork (flex) around semi-easily if I knew it would make a difference.Meaning I would switch supply and return ducts to the opposite plenum boxes. This came to my attention when I started a painting project (this winter) the paint was literally drying on my brush at the top of the 12 ft. ladder, it was that hot up there and a comfortable 72 at ground level. I live in Atlant Ga.

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Old 02-15-2010, 09:02 PM   #2
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There is not going to be an easy way to make a significant difference. It doesn't matter how easy it is to move the flex, the register location will be the same. Many modern homes have the same issue. The builder had the lowest bidder install the job, and they did it the cheapest, easiest way possible that would meet code. Basically, you're stuck with your existing system or a major bill for rework. I'd leave it alone.

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Old 02-15-2010, 10:06 PM   #3
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You may be better off just using a different style/type of supply register.
One that throws the air downward.

What you have, probably works great in the summer for cooling though.
Unless you don't think its hot in hotlanta.
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Old 02-15-2010, 10:28 PM   #4
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The members of this site, including me, as well as everyone who has ever viewed it, owes a big thumbs up to the gentleman known as beenthere. I swear, when I grow up, I want to be just like him.

I make my living installing and servicing HVAC equipment.. I make a good living (from a NC quasi-redneck die-hard saltwater fisherman's POV) installing and servicing residential and commercial HVAC systems. I stumbled on this site via a web search.

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The members of this site, including me, as well as everyone who has ever viewed it, owes a big thumbs up to the gentleman known as beenthere. I swear, when I grow up, I want to be just like him.

You want to be bald?

I make my living installing and servicing HVAC equipment.. I make a good living (from a NC quasi-redneck die-hard saltwater fisherman's POV) installing and servicing residential and commercial HVAC systems. I stumbled on this site via a web search.

beenthere made a post I found helpful. Then I hit search.

WOW. Boss, you are the heat. About four more posts and I will be able to send you a pm.

You could make a living giving "tips+advice" this good.
Hmmm I wonder? LOL
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I have lots of hair. Mom's Dad has lots of hair. I think I'm ok in that respect.

I'd trade all that hair for the ability to give clear, succint advice on virtually any HVAC concern.

The wifey just donated all hers to locks of love. It's a wonderful cause and I am proud of her.

Before she donated, she still wouldn't run service calls! Hair, like shoes in the summertime, tends to be overrated.

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Just for clarification, all references to hair referred solely to stuff above the eyebrow.
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Old 02-15-2010, 11:12 PM   #8
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Sunburn on your head, hurts, a lot.

As for HVAC. Its a time and experience thing. Lots of school of hard knocks.
And lots of reading, and asking "why".

Why does, or doesn't it work that way.

Why does it work that way over there, but won't work that way over here.

And when you get lucky, and the guy your asking is good at explaining it. It makes it a bit easier to learn, and retain for when you run into that situation solo.
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Exactly, I am learning, and you are that guy. I have asked tons of questions in the years I've been doing this type work.

I get very few concise answers. You're the king.
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There's always another king around the corner.

But always fill free to ask.

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Yessir I have. I posted a question related to billing.

I found this wonderful spot as a matter of chance, for which I am truly thankful.
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I think I just answered it.

We hijacked this thread enough for now though.

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