Heating/cooling vents are all under our windows...mistake?

threeapplesJune 24, 2012

Our architect and hvac guy said to do this so we don't get hot and cool spots, but I've just read on GW that the air conditioning and heat get trapped blowing into the curtains and then you need to put those unsightly divertors over them. Is this accurate that beneath the windows is the wrong spot for these? I swear, I will never build a house again.

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LuAnn_in_PA

I would not like mine under my windows.

IF you leave your drapes open, or have none at all, I suppose it will be fine.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 10:40PM
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jolsongoude

They're there because that's where most of your heat loss and gain are.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 11:50PM
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jolsongoude

They're there because that's where most of your heat loss and gain are.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 11:55PM
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gbsim1

Code for our new build required them within so many inches of each door and window.

We went to a lot of expense in the current build to put the ductwork in the ceiling both upstairs and in the basement. I didn't want ducts on the floor at all... dirt, furniture placement, dog hair were all good reasons for me to go with ceiling mount registers. But it cost us substantially more for ductwork, labor etc.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 12:11AM
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renovator8

If the discharge vents are not below the windows, cold air drops from the window glass as warmer air from the ceiling replaces it. The cold air then moves across the floor creating a draft. This design will heat the room but it is considered inefficient and uncomfortable by HVAC designers.

The design of the window treatment should be able to accommodate an efficient heating system. If you find it a challenge, a window treatment designer might be able to help you.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 8:42AM
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