Safe to block vent in basement?

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Old 06-25-13, 04:42 AM
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Safe to block vent in basement?

Naturally our basement is cooler than the rest of the house, and this vent (see picture) blasts more cold air than any of the vents in the rest of the house. Is it safe to block this somehow and force the air to go to one of the other three floors of the house?

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Old 06-25-13, 05:16 AM
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Yes you can block that vent to send more air up where it's needed.
 
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Old 06-25-13, 01:21 PM
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Yes, that vent shouldn't have been put there to begin with.

I would remove the grill and cover the hole with sheet metal.

The best way to heat the basement is to have normal supply vents and a return at ground level. Supply on the ceiling can work provided that there's a return near the floor, but putting a vent directly into the trunk line is not the way to do things.
 
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Old 06-25-13, 03:55 PM
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Thank you both. We recently purchased this home and it was rehabbed. Not sure if this vent was here before and they didn't change it or if they added it (my gut says the latter), but I'll be taking care of it regardless.

Re: heating the basement, that's not of too much concern really. It's an unfinished concrete basement that only has a laundry in it. We'll suffer once a day to do the laundry in the cold during winter
 
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