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Need help with ducts or whatever

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 1:12 am
by dragonkx
The bottom half of my house gets poor heat and cooling, from bedroom 2, 3, and 4. Do I need more ducts or maybe another return because of length of hallway, or what?
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dont know if you can see the link but the **** is p h o t o b u c k e t . c o m

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Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 7:55 am
by heatseeker
The or what would be time to buy a window unit or portable ac to help with lower half cooling load, unless you want to do some serious remodeling. I assume your house is two stories by the description you gave.

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Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 8:19 pm
by dragonkx
no just one story house as seen in picture, and i prefer no window AC, i dont want to install 3. there is air coming through the registers, just not enough, its a 4.5 ton unit

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Posted: Thu May 24, 2012 8:14 am
by heatseeker
cant see photo.

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Posted: Thu May 24, 2012 7:19 pm
by dragonkx
well its probably a 4 ton unit, and dont want to contact a contractor, because they charge, and i plan to do it myself, i know how, just not sure what i need. having a hard time putting website link up

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Posted: Fri May 25, 2012 10:04 am
by heatseeker
"I know how" and "I just don't know what I need". Two conflicting statements. Good luck.

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Posted: Sat May 26, 2012 2:02 am
by dragonkx
what i meant is i know how to run the ducts etc, the manual labor. Im just not sure how much airflow i need more, or wheather it requires an additional return

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Posted: Sat May 26, 2012 11:32 am
by Freon
Tell us more. How many return ducts and what size? How many supply ducts and what size? Metal or flex ducting? Are there reductions in duct size as you more from the air handler? Your first step is to draw a picture of your entire duct system with all duct dimensions and lengths. Then we can help more effectively.

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Posted: Sun May 27, 2012 11:14 pm
by dragonkx
a drawing is already posted of my duct system, but this website doesnt allow . c o m etc. so part of it is **** out. kinda explained in my first post

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Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:41 pm
by Freon
Some rough -
For each ton of cooling you need ~400 cfm of air flow. Check your furnace/air handler for the blower chart. Look at the speed tap setting (low, med or high) and then the corresponding air flow for 0.2 "WC
Once you know what air flow your system should be delivering you can calculate if your ducts are adequate. The return air flow and the supply air flow should be equal.

Approximations for metal -
6" diameter *
8"*
10"*
12"*
14"*
Any 90 degree elbows subtract 10% so a 6" line with 1@ 90 degree elbow would deliver ~ 90 cfm

For flex duct I'd reduce all the above by 20%