Best way to heat/cool a basement HT

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by MikeGlue, Oct 28, 2004.

  1. MikeGlue

    MikeGlue Auditioning

    Sep 9, 2004
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    Hello everybody. My first post here after a few months of reading!

    I'm in the very early stages of planning my HT but I have a probably very simple question.

    My HT is going to be in my basement (currently the entire basement is UNfinished!). The size is not decided on yet, but probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 12' x 16'.

    Currently in the middle of where my HT would be there is a normal everyday heat register installed on what would be the ceiling (keep in mind it is all unfinished).

    Now I am bright enough to know that sound will travel right up that bad boy to the rest of the house (wife/kids wouldn't like that!). I have access to the entire ventilation system throughout the entire basement. There are no interior walls either. Just one big open space!

    My question is what is the best way I can get ventilation to my HT without having sound travel to the rest of the house? I'm already thinking of moving the celing vent to one of the future interior walls so that the duct work does not have to cross into and run across a portion of the HT ceiling. Does that sound ok?

    I would appreciate any ideas you guys/gals have out there! Thanks in advance!
  2. Dan Mercier

    Dan Mercier Stunt Coordinator

    Aug 24, 1999
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    I have a similar dilema and would love to go with some kind of infloor heating. (basement is concrete so it would be expensive now).

    Other options I've looked at are electric or water radiant heaters. (not ideal for keeping a nice steady temperature)
    I am also going to look at some electric in floor options that can be installed over top of an existing floor.

    I'm avoiding using the forced air ducts because of the sound transmission problem.


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