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Old 07-12-2010, 05:43 PM   #1
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Hey Guys,newbie here.Iam currently building a new house and just had the a/c rough in done.He seamed to do a good job but he ran all the returns(3)to the hallway where the air handler is(on the ceiling)and said the handler would suck the air from the return on the ceiling into the air handler closet,and it would be fine.The reason he didnt connect the return to the airhandler in the closet was the avalible room(althoght there is a closet behind it so we could make the room if we had to).This doesnt seam to me like it would be as efficent?Any ideas or opinions,as I def. dont want to spend this much on a new house and a/c and not have it be effiecent?,thanks in advance

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I'd rather have them connected to the air handler, but as long as the single return is properly sized, it seems like what you have is equivalent to three (long) jump ducts, which is a term you can google. At best, what you have is going to be about as efficient but definitely noisier than if the ducts all went to the air handler, plus, you're going to have at least one extra ceiling or wall penetration.

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Did you always plan to have a louvered door on that closet?

If so. Then it was probably always planned to be done like that. To save money on the HVAC.
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Did you always plan to have a louvered door on that closet?

If so. Then it was probably always planned to be done like that. To save money on the HVAC.

The plans dont actually show the type of door,but yes now it obviously will have to be louvered,and thats another thing is the noise.The air handler closet isnt to far from the family/tv room.From a professinal opion do you guys think I should I'll tell him to connect it?
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Personally. I'd want it ducted to the unit.
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