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11:09AM | 02/02/06
Member Since: 11/28/05
12 lifetime posts
Quick question. With a forced air system with a main level and an unfinished basement, should the basement air vents be left open or shut during the winter. My famther-in-law says shut since you don't want to heat space that you aren't currently living in. It seems to make sense, but heat also rises and I could see an argument for leaving them open so the basement heat rises warming the floors and lower "space" on the main level.

Any thoughts or suggestions.



03:10PM | 02/02/06
Member Since: 01/28/06
3 lifetime posts
Reducing air flow can cause problems with equipment and can increase operating costs. Heat exchangers are designed with a certain heat rise. Reducing air flow across a heat pump coil will cause problems as well.

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