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Old 03-27-2008, 03:11 PM   #1
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Hi, I have a house built in 1863. When we bought the house the furnace was circa 1932. The heat vents out near the ceiling instead of the floor in all the rooms. I know heat rises and cold air sinks but I am wondering why they did this and if there is any advantage to it.

As I go about my work I have been cutting the vents off at the floor, but I am thinking that if we ever get central air it may be good to have some high vents.

What do you all think?

Yes, we have replaced the furnace, but the old ones still worked. They just were not very efficient.


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Old 03-29-2008, 02:30 PM   #2
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Has anyone ever seen heat vents up near the ceiling instead of the floor?

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Old 03-29-2008, 04:11 PM   #3
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Of course. We name it “High Wall Heat”
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Old 03-29-2008, 04:58 PM   #4
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Ok, thanks for the reply, but I was hoping to get some detail as to why they originally did this and if there may be an advantage to keeping any of these high vents in case we spring for central air in the future. I don't think they were thinking about central air back in 1932.

I ask this because I am currently already tearing up walls with electrical work, etc. and it is a good time to cut them all down to the floor.
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wheres the furnace located in the attic or in the basement/crawl/cellar?
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Old 03-30-2008, 02:37 PM   #6
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Thanks for your reply. The furnace is in the basement.
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Ideas? Anyone?

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