Asked on Aug 8, 2012

Office Area Heat

KMS Woodworks3po3


Our home office area stays about 5 (+/-) degrees warmer than the rest of the zone because of the computers and other equipment. There is no return air duct in the room. Would it make sense to install a small return air duct in the ceiling to help pull some of the heat away?
2 answers
  • 3po3
    on Aug 9, 2012

    Seems like a return air duct would help. Also, putting all your computer components on a power strip and switching it off when they are not in use will reduce the heat output in the room. Also, many newer computers, etc., generate less heat than older, less efficient models (though some new machines still get really hot, so shop around).

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Aug 9, 2012

    There might be some other issues here as well...unless you have a dozen PC and monitors in there churning away, they do not put out that much heat. I the room has windows there may be some un noticed solar gain, poor wall insulation etc. turning off the machines will help but so will cleaning them...I recently took the cover off my PC and used an air compressor to blow out the dust bunnies....the fan barely comes on now. A Ceiling fan would also be a good way to even up the rooms temp

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