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    Basement Return Question


    My house is a bungalow with a fully finished walk out basement.

    I am planning on replacing my furnace including a new return drop. Currently there is a basement return attached to the existing drop (please see attached pic). I don't know what to do with it:

    One contractor felt that this return was likely sucking in a lot of the return air. He suggested reducing the size of the return duct to 6 inches before reattaching to the return drop. I question a 6 inch return duct for a basement of about 1200 square feet.

    Another contractor suggested using something like a louvered cover to control the air flow through the basement register (on the other side of the wall). I might add that I can hear the beast of a motor for this furnace running sitting in the basement. I can't imagine the whistling that may occur!

    The third option which I contemplated was to have them move the return for the basement. I could probably place a return register on a wall underneath the stairs to the basement--> this return would then travel up towards the ceiling of the basement and attach to the main return trunk from upstairs. I do not know how large this return register should be as the current basement return register is about 8 x 14 inches.

    Here is the picture:


    Thanks in advance for your feedback!

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    [Edited by zhewie on 10-15-2006 at 01:53 PM]

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    How many times must one fix something before it is fixed?

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