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Old 12-20-2009, 08:59 AM   #1
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Last year we had heating and air installed in our basement. At that time the basement had a suspended ceiling. The HVAC men put a 2 X 2 register in the center of the ceiling. At the time I didn't care but now I am putting up a sheetrock ceiling and would like to move the ceiling registers more to the side of the room. The duct work is flexible like a spring inside of insulation material so I can easily move it, but I need some advice on where I can move the registers and still have good performance from the system. Currently there is a register in the center of the TV room and one in the center of the craft/mud room. This is actually one long open space without doors.
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Where is the return located.

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Where is the return located.
I don't think there is one in the basement. This is a zone system if that makes any difference.
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No return, usually means poor heating. Hard to put air into a room your not removing air from.

Zoned or not.

Also. No return means that room/area is being pressurized. And forcing air to other areas, and or out of the house.
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No return, usually means poor heating. Hard to put air into a room your not removing air from.

Zoned or not.

Also. No return means that room/area is being pressurized. And forcing air to other areas, and or out of the house.
I know this is going to sound really stupid, but how can I tell if it is a register or a return? I assume that air is blowing out of the registers and not from the returns.
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Right, air comes out of supplies. And goes into returns.

Take a tissue and hold it at each register while the blower is on and the zone is calling. See if it draws the tissue toward it, or blows it away..
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I have confirmed that there are no return air registers in the basement. This is an old house and there is no insulation between the garage and the house and gaps under the doors. Maybe they thought that was sufficient. I don't know. In any case, back to my original question, how far away from the center of the room can I move the ceiling registers?
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As far as you want.

How well will it heat the room. Will depend on the register throw. And if enough air is being returned from that area.

Does the area heat evenly now?
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The area is very comfortable. I rarely need AC down there and our winters aren't very cold. Thanks for your help.

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