Another soffit shot. Notice the black rectangle. That is the HVAC supply to the room. Spray painted it black to decrease light reflection. Pretty smart, right? Well, probably not. Not only is spray painting probably against code for some reason, having only one supply to your HT is a bad idea. Once again, a little wisdom that I came across after the fact.
I thought, hey, I will just tap into the 1st level HVAC unit for the 1 supply and that will do it. Then I learned home theater comfort goes like this (from most comfortable to least comfortable):
A) 2 supplies and one return, thermostat within the theater, theater on it's own zone.
B) 2 supplies and one return, thermostat within the basement, basement on it's own zone
C) 2 supplies and one return, thermostat upstairs, basement comfort controlled by upstairs temperature
Blah, Blah, Blah
Y) 1 supply, no return, thermostat upstairs. HT very hot.
So, I have contracted with a HVAC installer to put a new unit in. It will be 2 zones (one for the theater, one for the rest of the basement). 2 supplies and one return. It is going to have to be put in the bar room, thus, loosing valuable space within the bar. It will also be right next to the HT wall, so there will likely be noise issues. Oh well, I am going to sacrifice some ambient HVAC noise for not sweating.
The catch about the HVAC unit is that the installer is going to have to pull a permit. You guessed it, I have been doing all this construction, how shall we say, sans permit. The HVAC guy understands my prediciment, so he plans to wait about 5-6 months to get it inspected. Hopefully, I will finish what I need to and when the inspector get there..."Gee, sir, this is how the basement looked when we bought the place. I just thought it was mighty warm and wanted to have some AC installed." What is the worst that can happen? What? A big fine? A couple night in the pen? No, the worst case scenario is I get busted, fined, and have to tear it all down (which I am quite good at).Pearl#5: Theaters get hot. Plan for good HVAC.
Pearl #6: You will probably sleep better is you pull permits prior to construction. At some point in the project you may need a professional, who by law must pull a permit. Then things get tricky.