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        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:

        • - The unit heating both up and down stair. The pics are basement
        • - Return air opening is in hall way up stair. I am not sure where the filter is.
        • - When heat on, there are air movement in all registers (up and down stair). No air going in (at least I can tell)
        • - Basement was with the house since the 60s (yes, it's old)
        • - t-stat is up stair
        • - There are registers in each room up stair (3 bed, 2 bath, 1 kitchem 1 living room). So yes the basement is very "low" on heat register. They are all working and pushing out the same amount of air in both up and down stair.
        • - I could close up stair heat registers but we are talking about 7 of them at least. So it's a hassle to do that each night. The thing is I only use basement between 7pm to 12am. After that, it can be -20F as I don't care, nobody sleeping down there for now. But if there are guest, maybe!!


        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,

         
        Posts: 277 | Location: United States | Registered: Dec 26, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        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?


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        Posts: 3843 | Location: I live in southern mississippi | Registered: Jun 01, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        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 house...by 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?

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        Posts: 3843 | Location: I live in southern mississippi | Registered: Jun 01, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        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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        Posts: 624 | Location: Cary, NC | Registered: Aug 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Frodo has nailed it as the thermostat setting in another room is satisfied before this cold room reaches a warm point.


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        Posts: 1411 | Location: Central Pennsylvania | Registered: Jun 02, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        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.

        This message has been edited. Last edited by: redoverfarm,
         
        Posts: 1734 | Location: Applachain | Registered: Feb 27, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        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?
         
        Posts: 277 | Location: United States | Registered: Dec 26, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        So I read several posts:
        http://www.inspectionnews.net/...isters-basement.html

        http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/showt...gisters-for-basement

        http://www.diychatroom.com/f17...heating-vents-64696/

        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
         
        Posts: 277 | Location: United States | Registered: Dec 26, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        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 this...it 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,


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        Posts: 3843 | Location: I live in southern mississippi | Registered: Jun 01, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Just google this:
        http://www.popville.com/2011/1...ac-for-the-basement/

        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.
         
        Posts: 277 | Location: United States | Registered: Dec 26, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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