Replace Duct vs. Manual Damper

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  1. jevonmckinzie

    jevonmckinzie New Member

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    I am remodeling my home, and I am adding more insulation to the walls and sealing all the air leaks. Basically, some rooms get more air than other rooms. I am wondering if it is possible to install a manual damper inside the duct or is it better to replace the branch duct with a smaller one.

    For example, in the bathroom on the main floor, the current duct is a 6" round duct, which delivers about 100 CFM. However, the room is only 40 sq. feet and really only needs 30CFM, or a 4" round duct.

    I plan on having a variable speed furnace installed that is sized correctly, because the current unit is a single stage and it basically dumps about half of the rated CFM into the basement, which makes it feel like an oven in the winter and a freezer in the summer.
     
  2. 3m

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    When they install a new furnance have this installed then you can balance the airflow, they must be installed on all supply lines off the main trunk
     

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  4. jevonmckinzie

    jevonmckinzie New Member

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    Thanks!!! Seems like a much cheaper solution.
     
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    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    air flow

    The cheapest solution would be to close the dampers on the registers so they let less air through.
     
  6. Thatguy

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    While maintaining reasonable air flow thru the HX.
     
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