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Dec 20, 2013, 02:55 AM
Heat register location improvement for basement
I have two heat registers in basement but my basement barely have any heat at all (i.e. super cold). The heat DOES come out from these registers as I touch them. There could be problem with cold leak somewhere BUT I believe the location of my two heat registers is the problem.

First picture shows my two heat register #1 and #2
Second picture just shows #2
Third picture shows the furnace location and the heat flow pointing to the right. So Basically #1 is on the right of that arrow.

My questions are:
1. Is the location of those heat registers bad? I mean the heat seems to float up so it must be at the ceiling of the basement, right?

2. Should I move the heat registers along the wall and make them closer to my floor instead? If so, how to do that?

3. What are other suggestions?

UPDATE 12/22:

So should I do anything about the location of these heat registers? Or if I add new one in, where should I add?
Because I have a table sit below register #1 and I can barely feel any heat coming down my head.

This message has been edited. Last edited by: quanghoc,

Dec 20, 2013, 06:32 AM
can i have a little more detail please?
what area does the unit heat? up stairs?
where is the return air opening? the filter?
with the heat on,,,there is air movement out of those registers? or is air going IN to the register
was this basement recently added?
where is the t-stat? up stairs?
Dec 20, 2013, 06:39 AM
my thought is...that the t-stat is upstairs, and it is satisifed...[not calling for heat]
a basement is generally colder than the main part of the 20 degrees
if t-stat is not calling for heat, due to the living area upstairs is comfy
that is why it is cold down stairs.
these are just guesses cause i do not have answers to questions
need a unit for down stairs, with seperate stat
or crank up the stat to compensate

what part of the us are you in?

This message has been edited. Last edited by: Frodo,
Dec 20, 2013, 07:06 AM
The one over the door is certainly in the right place. You typically put heat at the doors and windows.

Two heat vents is probably not enough for your basement. Look around your first floor, I bet you have more than two for the same square footage.

I'm not a HVAC guy, and don't play one on TV so keep this in mind. I'd first check to make sure the in-line damper is fully open on both of your ducts. These should be placed at the trunk line near the furnace where these branch off. An inline duct fan might help move more air into your basement. Adding more ducts if possible would probably help, but you'll want professional on the ground advice on this. Another alternative would be to add some baseboard electric heat to use while you're in the basement. It isn't cheap to run, but if you only use it to warm the space when you're using the space it will probably be your least expensive alternative. A good gas fireplace can be a decent auxiliary heat source as well if you have gas available.

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Dec 20, 2013, 07:39 AM
Frodo has nailed it as the thermostat setting in another room is satisfied before this cold room reaches a warm point.

Popeye only reached for the Spinach can as a last resort...
Dec 20, 2013, 08:09 AM
As a temporary fix you might just close off the registers on the rooms above the basement slightly. It will make your furnace run a little longer to heat up that space but it will also allow more warm air to enter the basement registers.

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Dec 22, 2013, 11:23 PM
Hi all,

I updated the original post with more information and question. So the remained is: what could I do to improve heating in basement without mush hassle each day closing/opening registers up stair?
Dec 30, 2013, 01:47 AM
So I read several posts:

My conclusions were:
1. Heat register location on basement ceiling is fine although better to be near floor, inside wall.
2. Major thing I need now is to add more heat registers and must have one vent in basement. I don't have that now to pull in all the cold air.

The next questions are how and where to locate these things... grr Confused
Dec 30, 2013, 02:28 AM
look, you can add 10 registers down stairs and it will not change anything
your problem, is not quanity of registers. its a control problem.
this is whats going on
your t-stat is upstairs...when the area around the stat is warm. the heat turns off
the basement is cold..the stat does not know is satisifed where it is
your basement was an addition, the duct work was just ran with no thought as to how the system works
in a 2 leval house, you need 2 heat units. 2 stats..
add another heat unit down stairs if you wanna do it correctly
if not, go buy a space heater

NOTE...important that you find the filter...its in the return air register
change filter every 2 mths

This message has been edited. Last edited by: Frodo,

Dec 30, 2013, 03:32 PM
Just google this:

There seem to be alternative of second tstat in basement and mechanical/air activated damper? First time I heard of it. I'm wondering if it's more cost effective.