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#1 of 8 OFFLINE   RichV

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Posted May 23 2004 - 04:05 PM

I need to cool my HT!

I've added a forced air vent.

Do I need a return? If so, it will likely be on the same wall near the ceiling. Is this workable? I understand you generally want your return on the opposite side of the room from the registers.

#2 of 8 OFFLINE   Wayne Ernst

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Posted May 23 2004 - 04:33 PM

Rich,

Not sure how construction is handled in your area, but most new places don't have return vents in each room. In my place, I have 3 levels, and only 2 return vents. The vents are located in central stairways and are 16" x 16" square.

More than likely, you would be able to get away without having the return vent. However, if it's easy for you to install it, go for it.
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#3 of 8 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted May 23 2004 - 04:40 PM

It all depends how tightly you have or are planning on sealing the room. if you have a regular interior door you will be ok without one, it you have a weather tight exterior door (recommended) you need to have a return. A return shoudl also be used if you have a lot of heat generating equipment (projector, AMPs, etc. If you are using a CRT big screen and a basic reciever you should be ok, but what about the future?

#4 of 8 OFFLINE   richard_v

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Posted May 24 2004 - 01:25 AM

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A return shoudl also be used if you have a lot of heat generating equipment (projector, AMPs, etc. If you are using a CRT big screen and a basic reciever you should be ok, but what about the future?
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I do have a sealed door and heat generating equipment (see www site). Would a return vent located on the same wall as my forced air vent be OK, or will the cooled air just circulate straight up and out of the room?

#5 of 8 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted May 24 2004 - 03:07 AM

Everytime i have seen them, they have been at opposite ends of a room. I wouldn't put them close toghether.

#6 of 8 OFFLINE   SteveFred

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Posted May 24 2004 - 03:12 AM

Hi,

Well my house is being built as we speak and they have a return vent in every room. They use to build houses with only one return in the middle of the house, but they have since changed(In Wisconsin that is)

I would for sure put a return vent in your HT room and far away from the force air vent. Yes its better to have on the opposite side, but just try to get them as far apart as possible.

Steve

#7 of 8 OFFLINE   richard_v

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Posted May 24 2004 - 03:33 AM

I failed to mention that my HT is located in my basement. Would this matter as to if a return is needed or not.

#8 of 8 OFFLINE   SteveFred

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Posted May 24 2004 - 04:35 AM

Hi,

I talked to a HVAC guy about my HT in my future basement and he said I should put one in rooms in the basement that are inclosed. Since you will have a door on it, I guess if its open most of the time it probably will not hurt as much, but if you want to keep it closed alot then the air will have a harder time circulating.

Steve