Recirculate Air to balance rooms

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    Allowing for air recirculation in rooms that are under the set point (in summer) or over the set point (in winter) would help save energy...

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    Chris J

    This is this biggest down fall / omission in the system right now.

    My theater room is downstairs and gets over cooled. Likely result of being below grade, really well insulated ( sound mitigation ) compaired to the rest of the house and return vents pulling cooler air down a split foyer from upstairs. The upper floors get heavy heat soak from Midwest sun so the imbalance does not surprise me.

    What I notice is the room will be cold but feel damp / humid without air circulation. Ideally I would like to open all vents in (or active rooms at least) when I let the circulation fan run to help even out the house, and reduce 'stale' air.

    I had read somewhere about a beta that was getting ready to launch to test just such a feature but I have not heard anything for months on it.

    Right now when trying to curculate, I think having alot of the vents closed creates higher residual static duct pressure that ends up causing the cost of operations to increase as the load on the fan would be higher due to higher back pressure, hence a higher amp draw (key word above.. I think)

     

    I also find I end up with alot of cooler air settled downstairs that would be better to be circulated through the house. This ends up running the system more often than if it could balance things out also using more energy. (Again.. I think.. )

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