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Old 02-16-2011, 08:42 PM   #1
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Small Tips for Basement Reno


Just a few things:
1) Does it make any sense to move heat vents from the ceiling to the floor level?

2) I need to install a return in the basement - any tips on where I should put it, how big of a vent...basment is 25'x'50 and furnace is basically in the middle.

3) Anyone know basically what distance your floor vent on the 2nd level should be away from the wall?

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Just a few things:
1) Does it make any sense to move heat vents from the ceiling to the floor level?

2) I need to install a return in the basement - any tips on where I should put it, how big of a vent...basment is 25'x'50 and furnace is basically in the middle.

3) Anyone know basically what distance your floor vent on the 2nd level should be away from the wall?

Thanks again!
1) Not really when you consider the amount of work, heat rises so low is good for heating but if you have to move a bunch of them I wouldn't bother.

2) You should have a return on every floor. I prefer to have a properly sized return in every large room and air pass-throughs in the smaller rooms.

3) I put mine about 2.5" from where the trim is (or will be)

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If they are rectangular or square registers. You can get registers that throw the air down for better heating. Its a lot cheaper and easier then moving supplies to the floor.

Return for the basement shouldn't be sized any bigger then the amount of air your putting in the basement. If its bigger, you run the risk of drawing in combusted fumes if your furnace is an 80%er, or if you have a gas or oil fired water heater.

I prefer to be 4 or 6" from the wall. Only because I hate to blow hot or cold air behind curtains/drapes when the register is near a window.
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