heatwithcoal wrote:I am heating the basement also. Family spends time down there, laundry, exercise, billiards, darts etc. The duct that runs across basement ceiling to the stairway is coming from 6" take off from the magnum. I performed a heating experiment the last two days using the magnum with duct/duct fan with less-that acceptable results. The family was walking around with fleece on because it was a chilly 67 in the middle of the house. They were glad when saw me re-starting the Econo last night. I am afraid the fan from the magnum will not be strong enough to push the air through the ac ductwork.
Yes, I would look to minimize the tending of stoves along with the fan noise coming from the econo.
A few more questions:
Have you tried running the duct from the Mag to an air register "far" from the basement stairs, with the basement stairs serving as a cold air return? Or, instead of the basement stairs, connecting a duct from a suitable register to the intake of the distribution blower to act as a cold air return?
When using the duct from the Mag, have you blocked the rectangular air outlet?
Where was the duct fan in your heating experiment?
Does the AC unit have a "fan-only" mode so it will circulate air without cooling? Does the AC unit have registers in all of the rooms you are trying to heat?
It seems like there are two different issues here. The first is whether the Mag alone generates enough output for the house. The second is whether the distribution system for heated air is sufficient to heat the house with reasonable uniformity and comfort. If you don't have good distribution, it seems like you won't really know what the Mag can do, and the results from adding a furnace may not meet expectations.