When calculating return air grille size, do I add up all the return air grilles, or does the calculation only apply to the main return? I have 5 total (2 main floor bedrooms, 2 in finished basement, main return in living area). I’m putting new hardwood down and I’m about to cut the hole for the main return.
It all counts but you have to take into account the smallest measurement - maybe the grill is bigger than the duct, so you would have to calculate based on the duct cross sectional area. Overall, return area should be 100-150% of vent area.
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