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Old 08-09-2011, 01:00 PM   #1
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Return vent in laundry room? Is it possible?


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Im renovating my bottom level of my split level home. The house previously had a large family room, a 1/2 bathroom/laundry room and a closet. The return vent for the HVAC is in the closet (which is right next to the bathroom/laundry room). I would like to move the washer dryer to the closet area and make the bathroom a full bath. I would like to know if it is possible to place the washer and dryer in the "closet" considering I have the return vent in there. I am not sure if a return vent is supposed to be in a closet either. Let me know your thoughts. I do not want to place a laundry room where the return vent is if it poses a danger. Is a return vent necessary on the bottom level? Can I eliminate it? Is there any books that I can read on how to do this and what is the appropriate and safe way to do this?

Thanks for any advice/thoughts in advance.

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Its not a good idea. In fact it is against code where I live to put a return in the laundry or bathroom. Can the return be moved to the ceiling?

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Do you think it can be moved to an area under a staircase? Or should the vent be open to the family room it it were to be installed in the ceiling?
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You need to draw out a floor plan, and if available, use the architectural drawings from when it was originally built. Also, before making the changes, you may be required in order to pull the permits, a drawing for plumbing, hvac, electrical, and any structural changes (ie walls being moved or removed). Post a drawing of the space showing current hvac layout, and you should be able to get better help in what you are wanting to do.
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