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I’m finishing our basement and I’ve just added 6 new runs throughout the basement. My question is; should I move the return air vent down? The builders just put in a 14”x14” roughed in on the ceiling by the furnace. It’s my understanding that return air should be close the the floor. I’ve thought about punching a hole in the side of the return duct at the floor of the utility room and capping the existing duct. Thoughts?
 

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The simple answer is yes. But may depend on your climate, because you want a low return for heating and a high one for cooling.


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I find keeping the basement return air down low works good for all seasons. Unlike the upstairs, hot air at the ceiling in a basement isn't as much of an issue (it goes upstairs by whatever means). The colder air from down low helps the A/C somewhat in the summer.
 
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