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Old 02-02-2015, 05:20 PM
 
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My current home has the little vents above the doors and I can't stand them; it means there's basically no privacy anywhere except the master bedroom which does have a proper air return vent. If someone is talking in one of the bedrooms, all the sound just comes right back out into the common areas.

In my currently under construction house, I stated to the builder early on that I wanted air returns in all the bedrooms and doors that extend nearly to the floor without a huge gap. He said all the rooms would already have had air returns because code requires it now for new construction; at least where I'm building.

Here's some of the reasons many municipalities are moving towards requiring air returns in all rooms:

Return-Air Problems | GreenBuildingAdvisor.com

Obviously putting a vent above the door is the quick and easy solution; there are vent kits for that purpose and you're just cutting through drywall typically; probably 15 minute job from start to finish.
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Old 02-02-2015, 05:52 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee
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Those you counted are probably the vents that blow air out, he's talkin about the ones that suck it back in (return) where your filter go's.
Some newer houses have several smaller ones throughout the house instead of just one big one in the middle of your house.
OK. I thought I was missing the semantics somewhere. Thanks!
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Old 02-14-2015, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Metrowest Boston
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So, I ended-up putting returns in all rooms on advice of a handy friend. It seems to have done a really good job with air flow. Part of the challenge I have is that all bedrooms are closed due to pets. Thanks all!
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Old 02-15-2015, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I have never had more than one large return for the whole house. That includes ones with furnaces and others with heat pumps. Never missed them.

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Old 02-16-2015, 12:25 PM
 
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My current home has the little vents above the doors and I can't stand them; it means there's basically no privacy anywhere except the master bedroom which does have a proper air return vent. If someone is talking in one of the bedrooms, all the sound just comes right back out into the common areas.

In my currently under construction house, I stated to the builder early on that I wanted air returns in all the bedrooms and doors that extend nearly to the floor without a huge gap. He said all the rooms would already have had air returns because code requires it now for new construction; at least where I'm building.

Here's some of the reasons many municipalities are moving towards requiring air returns in all rooms:

Return-Air Problems | GreenBuildingAdvisor.com

Obviously putting a vent above the door is the quick and easy solution; there are vent kits for that purpose and you're just cutting through drywall typically; probably 15 minute job from start to finish.
Like mobile homes the inside doors have a gap at the bottom for the cold air return.
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