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jlzllc 05-20-2012 08:41 PM

New furnace /cold basement
We have been dealing with this issue for 20 plus years and need someone that's been around to help figure out this problem.
The issue is that we have a 2200 sqft daylight basement home thats all finished.
Built in 1964 has a 80k 76% forced air furnace with a heat pump. The basement is always ten degrees cooler even downstairs even with the fan running continually.
I received four bids to replace the furnace and add a additional return air downstairs.All bids received were basically the same to install a 95% 60k modulating valve varaible speed furnace of different brands.
We went with the Rheem unit and are disapointed so far.
The vent outlets have hardly any air flow now when the fan is set on to run continuiously.
I explained to all the guys giving bids that we need something that will mix the air from both levels to have it livable.
What can be done to remedy this situation?

beenthere 05-20-2012 08:56 PM

How open is the basement.

jlzllc 05-20-2012 09:04 PM

There is a family room,two bedrooms,a full bath, and hobby room with the furnace. Each room has its own register.

beenthere 05-20-2012 09:06 PM

Its own supply. Do they also have their own return? Are the supply registers in the ceiling, or low on the wall.

jlzllc 05-20-2012 09:15 PM

That is correct all rooms have supply registers in the ceiling in the basement but no returns.
When we installed the new furnace we installed a 16x20 return about 10 feet from the furnace in the trunk line in the familyroom.

beenthere 05-20-2012 09:23 PM

Mod furnaces don't do well with ceiling supply registers in basements. The air flow is too low to gt a good mix. Not having a return in the other rooms means they will be cold.

You need returns added to those rooms9except the bathroom).

Is the ceiling drywall, or a drop ceiling. if its a drop ceiling, balancing dampers can be installed in the supplies to force more of the air to the basement rooms.

jlzllc 05-20-2012 09:35 PM

Its all sheetrock and finished no drop ceiling except where you follow the trunkline its boxed. We tried adjusting the openings at the registers to damper the air with not much success.
The old furnace ran roughly 1400 cfm where the new unit wont go past 1000 cfm heating or 800 on continuious fan.

beenthere 05-21-2012 04:12 AM

The thermostat wire connections can be rewired at the furnace to get a higher blower speed/CFM in continuous. They should also be able to set it for a bit more air flow in heat mode.

There is no cheap solution for your set up.

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