What is a ducted return?
What is a return vent in your house?
Your home's supply vents blow conditioned air into your rooms. The air travels through your heating and cooling system, through the ductwork, and out of your supply vents. Your home's return vents collect the air from your rooms and return it to your heating or cooling system.
Are return air ducts necessary? For almost every room, return air ducts are required
Also, know how to determine if you have supply or return ducts.
How do you identify typical air return vents?
- The larger vents in your house are more efficient.
- The vents are not equipped with louvers or slats.
- This vent has a filter attached.
- Turn on the fan to allow air to enter the vent.
What is the difference in supply and return air?
The direction in which the air flows is the biggest difference between supply vents and return vents. The air is emitted from the ductwork in a supply ventilation. The air flows through the ductwork in a return vent. The size of the vents is another difference.
- Locate where you want your return air ducts.
- Go into the basement and locate the holes.
- Install the square return air duct perpendicular to the joists.
- Cut a hole in the bottom of the return duct next to where the furnace is.
- Install your HVAC filter into your filter rack.
- Unblock and clean your vents. Here's a super easy way to increase air flow.
- Change your filters and clean your return grill. A dirty air filter impedes air movement and makes it hard for your furnace to work efficiently.
- Seal leaky ductwork. Snap on some goggles and a dust mask, it's time to check out your air ducts.
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