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Old 02-12-2018, 05:33 PM   #1
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Heating floor ducts really hot

Anyone have any ideas Or solutions to the heating floor ducts. When we run the furnace the ducts get dangerously hot! With a 1 yr old walking around we are very worried about him stepping for falling on one of these ducts and getting burned. Not to mention if a blanket falls off during the night and covers the vent.
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Old 02-12-2018, 05:40 PM   #2
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I only think the back closest vent in my TT would be hot enough to worry about. Even then only for the 1 yo and not the blankets. But I would think curved floor resister air diverter would help the situation.
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Old 02-12-2018, 05:57 PM   #3
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You don't give a lot of info about hour situation.

I have a 35k furnace. It DOES put out a lot of heat....which we like. The ducts do get hot. Nothing to start a fire, won't blister you ....but, it is hot. I make a habit of trying to step around them. If there are little ones it should be a learning experience....hopefully if mom and dad take care of it.
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:10 AM   #4
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A learning experience? He’s 1... he doesn’t have the reflects like a older child or even an adult. just so I understand you correctly... my 1 yr staggers around And happens to cross over 1 of the 4 vents in the trailer.. steps on it and it startled him and he falls on top of it... now I don’t know about you but if I step on something hot or even cold without warning I instinctive react to hop, quickly move, or even lift one foot to address the sensation.. a 1 yr old can not do these things... he doesn’t even have the speed, strength, or coordination to quickly move from it. Oh a windy day is the trailer rocks while he stands he falls... so my son receives a potiently disasterous burn as a learning experience for being a toddler.. .. I guess next time I give him a bath when he slips in the tub while splashing the water, I should let just let him panic face down in the water as a learning experience!!
mom and dad are trying to take care of the vent situation, HENCE the post on this forum seeking answers and help!
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:31 AM   #5
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Knowing Danny, I don't think he was advocating for allowing your 1 year old to experience pain by accident as s learning experience.

What he was meaning was to use the vents as a learning experience taught by and with mom and dad's loving guidance. I imagine it as allowing the child to get close. They'll do this out of curiosity. Tell them no, and pull them back away from it. Then being consistent each time they get close and reiterating the no.

The vents should not be hot enough to cause a burn or start a non-flamable clothing item on fire. If it is, that's a different problem that may need a shop to correct. Harbor Freight sells cheap infrared thermometers that would allow to measure the surface temp. For $10, I'd start there. Good luck, let us know what you find. As a whole, the forum does not advocate grilling anything except steak and burgers.

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Old 02-13-2018, 04:27 AM   #6
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Right.
I rather go with actual safety measures aposed to the Illusion of safety in my curious son abiding to the laws of “no”.. but will accept Danny’s intentions were good..

Moving on.. i realize the vents aren’t supposed to be getting that hot.. truly, I wish they weren’t.. but they are.. and yes hot enough to cause a nasty burn. I’ll look into that infrared thermometer (I’m sure it will come in handy in other areas too). And I most definitely want to keep seared flesh in the proper cooking device outside! thanks for your tip
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Old 02-13-2018, 04:53 AM   #7
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I can only advise that, while stepping on the vent may cause pain, there is virtually no chance of an actual injury. An object must be at least 111 degrees F to cause a second degree burn, but that would take hours. It would take 6 seconds for a 140 degree object to cause a second degree burn. Your furnace is likely putting out air no hotter than 100 - 125 degrees.
The vent might "hurt", but it probably won't "harm".
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Old 02-13-2018, 05:04 AM   #8
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If the vents are getting hot enough to produce "seared flesh" then you need to take the trailer back to the dealer and have it repaired. That's too hot, will become a safety issue either the next time the furnace is used or the day after Keystone's warranty expires. Either way, the vent is "too hot"..... I have a metal floor vent that sits about 3' from the furnace outlet to the floor ducting. That vent never gets hotter than the other vents in that line, the furthest is about 12' away from the furnace outlet.

I'd urge you to let the dealership take a look at the ducting. Seared flesh temperature is much more hazardous than "very warm" temperature. Ours is not really beyond the brink of "very warm" but is more on the "noticeably but not damagingly warm".... Yours should not "sear flesh" even in the vernacular.
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Old 02-13-2018, 05:26 AM   #9
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See if you can adapt the decorative wooden standard home vent covers available at Home Depot to replace them. Wood won't get nearly as hot to the touch as metal. I wouldn't worry about it with our 2 year old grandson, but at age 1, that is a concern just as it would be in the house with heater vents, oven, or a fireplace.
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Old 02-13-2018, 07:45 AM   #10
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A learning experience? He’s 1... he doesn’t have the reflects like a older child or even an adult. just so I understand you correctly... my 1 yr staggers around And happens to cross over 1 of the 4 vents in the trailer.. steps on it and it startled him and he falls on top of it... now I don’t know about you but if I step on something hot or even cold without warning I instinctive react to hop, quickly move, or even lift one foot to address the sensation.. a 1 yr old can not do these things... he doesn’t even have the speed, strength, or coordination to quickly move from it. Oh a windy day is the trailer rocks while he stands he falls... so my son receives a potiently disasterous burn as a learning experience for being a toddler.. .. I guess next time I give him a bath when he slips in the tub while splashing the water, I should let just let him panic face down in the water as a learning experience!!
mom and dad are trying to take care of the vent situation, HENCE the post on this forum seeking answers and help!


I'm sorry if you took offense. I wasn't advocating you let your child roast on a heater vent to teach him. I simply noted that he will learn they get hot and avoid them....and he will learn, that's what we do as humans. With mom and dad's help/guidance children learn quicker - and "no" is a good word for a child to learn. In the meantime I would suggest you buy the infrared temp gun and check the temps for yourself. Very cheap and useful for many other things.

I think you'll find that you are needlessly worried about a "disastrous" burn. If you believe there is a burn issue due to the temp of the register being too hot you need to get it back to the dealer to have it repaired - that's not normal and could be dangerous in several ways. If you're uncomfortable letting your child learn to avoid the registers go buy replacements that don't get as warm as has been mentioned.
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