How to Properly Ventilate Your Basement. Ardent Heating in Barrie discusses how to properly ventilate your basement to prevent problems or discomfort that will cost more to fix in the long run. To learn more about ventilation, or any other heating and cooling problems you may have, please visit: http://www.ardentcanada.com/articles/
Hello everyone, I’m Jason Edwards from Ardent Heating, Cooling, and Water Treatment Specialists. Today we’re going to talk about return air ventilation in your basement.
It’s very important when you’re going to be spending large amounts of money to finish your basement to spend a little bit of money to make sure your heating and ventilation is getting done properly. Most contractors that are doing home renovations are not heating contractors. They don’t understand the principle of proper ventilation; a lot of cases they’ll just want to do whatever’s easy for them and then get out. What I’m also recommending to homeowners, if you’re going to be spending a lot of money on a typical basement renovation – usually basement renovations can cost $15,000, $30,000, $50,000, it just depends, but spend a little bit of money to at least get a company to come out and do the ventilation for you. Like running the ducts and putting everything in the right place. Or you could just spend a hundred bucks to have a local contractor, that knows what he’s doing, come out to meet with your contractor and tell you exactly where return air vents and everything should go and where the supply vents should go. That’s going to save you a lot of grief down the road especially if you spend all that money, and then you’re trying to enjoy your basement, and the next thing you know, you’re very cold; it’s musty, it’s clammy down there. It’s just not going to be a very good thing. Then, you’re going to end up spending a lot more money to try and correct the problem then you would if you were to do it at the beginning.
I know for our company, we get called out quite a bit; lately we’ve been getting out, even more, often than not, putting in returns air vent for people just because they’re basement didn’t really have them, or they were too small or put in the wrong place. I would recommend that if it’s just a small basement, you can probably get away with one large return. If you have a long basement, especially a bungalow type basement, or just a long basement that has various rooms, you’re probably going to want to have a return air on one side and a return air on the other. Remember, a return vent can’t be anywhere close to a supply duct; supply ducts are the vent where the air comes out. You want to have those, usually around the perimeter, usually around windows and doors and the return air vents are usually going to be somewhere in the middle of the room.
So what’s happening is the air is coming in and warming (or cooling), it’s doing its job and then going back out into the furnace then rotating back and forth so you have a nice flow of air constantly going in and out.
The only other thing I want to mention is a lot of basements they tend to put the heat registers right in the ceiling. That’s ok, but the best way of doing it is, in a basement, spend the extra money and have the duct runs come down to the floor. That way the air is blowing along the floor and the return airs are usually up above. That way it’ll warm the floor, then get sucked back into the return air vents.
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