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Duct work, which setup is best?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26879points) July 26th, 2015

This may not be total fluff as some good might come out of it. When it comes to duct work for heating and A/C which setup is the best? If you have the vents come from the ceiling, have them come from the top of the wall near the ceiling, the bottom of the wall near the baseboard, or is it best to have them come up from the floor? Does it make a difference if the ducts do dual duty and deliver heat as well as air conditioning? If you had to choose a setup, which configuration would you choose and why would you choose that one?

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filmfann's avatar

I would go with the ceiling, because you will have fewer elbows in the airflow. Elbows decrease the strength of the airflow.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

It depends, as you noted; heating is best with discharge at the floor level, A/C at the top of walls or in ceiling. The two different positions are for mixing the heated or cooled air better. I have both in my house upstairs is ceiling or upper wall and down stairs is out of the floor. Reason is to minimize the duct work lengths. The air handler is in attic over the ceiling on second floor, air handler is outside the house on first floor.
There are two zones and two heating and A/C units.

kritiper's avatar

Under the floor is better. The heating system will lose a bit of heat in the winter which will slightly heat your crawlspace. Heat rises so your floors will get this extra little bit of heat. In the summer, your attic is heated excessively but the sun’s radiance so your A/C will have to work extra hard to remove this extra heat. The crawlspace is already cool so you save money because your A/C doesn’t have to work so hard or excessively. A win-win!

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