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Old 02-04-2009, 10:18 PM   #1
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I was wondering whether or not I can do this. I want to put electric radiant heat in the floor of a small bathroom and remove the forced-air heat vent which is in the floor of the same room. I know I can do it, but I don't know if it is a stupid idea. I would leave the vent in the floor but it is situated directly beneath where the new shower is going to be. So either I create a new vent elsewhere in the room or disconnect it - the 2nd choice is easier.

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1. Would the bathroom be warm enough with only radiant heat if the forced-air vent was removed? Or would this bathroom be strangely cold and suck heat out of the rest of the house?

2. Would enough fresh air get into the bathroom if the forced-air vent was removed? I am especially thinking about when the moisture vent fan is turned on. You are supposed to let fresh air in when moist air is being vented out or else gases might get sucked out of the furnace or something and enter the house.
But I could easily cut a hole through the wall to the next room and fresh air could be drawn through this hole. I could put a nice-looking grille on each side.
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Old 02-05-2009, 05:15 AM   #2
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You could put a vent into the other room(not by code though).
Hopefully no one will be in the other room, while your singing in the shower.

And hopefully you will never ever use the bathroom without running the fan, so the odor doesn't travel into the other room.

Guess you don't have central A/C?

I'd just move the supply, possibaly under the vanity.
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Actually with forced hot air I never used the vent in the winter
Since it was drier in the winter the hot air would dry the bathroom & put some much needed moisture into the house. I supplement with wood which also made the house drier

I would move it to keep the air flow going & dry out the bathroom

We have radiant floor heat & you can have it as warm as you want it
When my son has his bath we turn it up to 72
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Old 02-05-2009, 09:26 AM   #4
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Good points, you two. I was not thinking at all about any smells, I was concerned with fresh air. Good thing I asked. And hot dry air coming out of the forced-air duct would help to dry out the room. So I'll probably move it.
I really dislike HVAC vents because they deform the shape of your walls and take up potential living space - I'd really like to get rid of some of them - but maybe not in this case.
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i have a problem our heat isn't coming on we've flipped the switch turned it off and turned it back on and bought a new thermostat but it still isn't coming on the way it should it'll come on and turn right back off and it's a Concorde furnace what should i do???

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Concorde furnace seems to run until temperature hit 72 degrees then shuts off, then constantly tries to restart
what do you think???
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Concorde furnace seems to run until temperature hit 72 degrees then shuts off, then constantly tries to restart
what do you think???
I don't mean to sound rude, but you've hijacked my thread with something completely off topic.
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It's a much better idea to start a new thread
People who have already looked at this thread will not see your issue
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Sometimes when you hi jack a thread you get a relevent answer.
Many times you don't.

Toe kicks don't look bad, since you don't see them most f the time.
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Sometimes when you hi jack a thread you get a relevent answer.
Many times you don't.

Toe kicks don't look bad, since you don't see them most f the time.
You mean hiding the vent with a toe kick?

I meant to say the HVAC ducts take up space and you have to frame them in. I don't really have a problem with the vents, as long as they fit properly and aren't rusted.
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