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A hot room makes for an irritable wife.

A hot room makes for an irritable wife.

A hot room makes for an irritable wife.  My wife was told she will be working from home for an extended period of time.  She brought home her work computer and monitors about two months ago.  I set up her computer and monitors in our home office.  This area of the house is fine with the door open however there is very little air flow out of the room with the door closed.  The hot air fills up the vaulted ceiling causing the room to become uncomfortably warm.  I knew I had to find a way to let the warm air out of the room without leaving the door open.  Why just not keep the door open?  Two words. Three cats.

I realized I had to add a cold air return near the top of the vaulted ceiling to let the warm air out.  I spent a couple of days looking for a way to add a cold air return to an existing wall.  I finally found a product by a company Tamarack that included the sheet metal ducts, an internal baffle and two register covers. I ordered it from Home Depot.Here is the link if you also need this product.  I ordered the Taramark product last Sunday and picked it up the past Friday.

The ducts are made to slide into each other. I set about cutting holes in the wall to the width of the larger duct.  Ordinarily this would take only about an hour to install.  My installation time was slightly more since I need to cut the holes near the top of the wall which is about 13.5 feet.  As soon as I cut the second hole in the wall I felt a virtual gust of warm air coming out of the room.  I could feel the temperature of the room drop to a comfortable level.

When I was cutting the first hole in the wall I did not see there was a seam in the drywall.  when I cut that section a small section fractured but did not fall off.  I decided to not use the screws to hold the registers in place.  I used magnets. I am going to cut the heads off of the screws and glue the heads onto the registers with a little clear silicone caulking.

Sunday afternoon I checked on my wife as she was working in the office.  The temperature in the room has dropped by about 8 – 10 degrees.  The room is now a comfortable place to work. A hot room makes for an irritable wife.  Now she is less irritable.