I have a 42 year old bungalow in Southern Ontario with a finished
basement (though the basement was most likely unfinished when the house
was originally built). The warm air ducts on the main floor are all
located at floor level around the outer edges of the house, under every
window. In the basement however, the ducts are in the ceiling and
located in the centre of each room. Each floor has return ducts
located at floor level near the centre of the house.
I'm wondering why the basement ducts are located in the centre of each
room and not the outer edges, like the main floor. Is it because
they're in the basement? in the ceiling? was it just simpler/cheaper to
do it this way? It seems to me that placing them in the centre robs the
outer half of the room from some warm air flow since the warm air would
enter the centre of the room and immediately flow towards the return
air ducts in the centre of the house.
Where possible, I'd like to move the basement ducts from the center of
the room to the outer edges. I'm hoping this will help mitigate some
cold spots that seem to exist near the outer edges of the basement.
Before doing so I'd like to hear if anyone knows any reason not to do
this. I'm worried that they were placed in the centre for a reason and
don't want to find out the hard way why.
For example, the outer basement walls are uninsulated, and covered with
panelling. Would placing the heating ducts closer to the outer walls
increase the likelyhood of warm air condensing on the cold walls in the
Thanks in advance for your help.