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My reasoning

Posted by Mike Johnson on September 20th, 1999 02:26 PM
In reply to Here is my suggestion by TomR on September 16th, 1999 11:51 AM [Go to top of thread]


There are several reasons for our choice to eliminate the baseboard system:
It is noisy (not just air in the lines, but obnoxious ticking as the
radiators heat up and cool down). Also, the baseboard radiators take up
considerable wall space in every room. And, to add central air requires the
addition of an air duct system. It seems much more space efficient and less
complicatd to have one system handle heating and cooling, rather than maintaining
an air system and a hydronic system.

We are indeed installing two systems. The second floor system is rather straight
forward since there is plenty of attic access. As for the main floor system, the
floor plan is very open and there are no interior doors (only doorways) to block
airflow, so a single central return seems like it might work. How and where to
install the return is the big question. One contractor suggested putting the
return in the basement and cutting a hole in the wall leading to the basement
stairway and letting the air travel down the stairs to the return vent. This would,
in effect, make the basement a return plenum, if you will. No one has been able to
tell me the pros and cons of this approach. I'm trying to get opinions on whether
this is a good idea or not. It solves my space and location problems, but I don't
want to screw up the airflow in the system by doing it.

Thanks for your response,

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