Nice house that you have built! My question is ducting in the basement. I plan on making a “man cave” and I have heard that putting the heating/air ducts near the floor is better because heat rises, but the unfinished basement has the ducts in the ceiling. Which is better? Or is there a real difference?
Hi Anton, and thanks!
Congratulations on joining the man cave club – you are about to embark on a fantastic journey of personal discovery and decadence… (and a LOT of work!!)
Ducts on the bottom of the wall in the basement, or ‘low walls’, definitely make sense. Unfinished basements often have the ducts in the ceiling, but most of the inspectors we deal with require low walls when finishing. It does make sense, as heat in the basement ends up rising into the upper levels of your home, which means the cold air sinks and collects in the basement – start heating that air as close the floor as possible, and you combat that cold zone right at the source. If you also install a Dricore subfloor, you’ll add a thermal break from the cold concrete slab, which means the battle between cold and warm won’t hit you as hard in the wallet.