A discussion of heating vents and covers

Air Conditioning Vents

Air conditioning vents ensure the proper cooling ventilation in your home or office.

Air conditioning vents are important, so that the climate of your home can be properly controlled.  Placing the vents in the appropriate spaces during installation will dictate how effective your system will become.  Poor vent placement means you’ll have to use more power, and have the air conditioning on more in order to appropriately cool your entire home.  But placing them in the best areas possible will ensure you can use as little power as possible, and that your home will be at an appropriate temperature year round.  So one of the first things to do, is arrange where your air conditioning vents should be strategically placed.

First look at your house’s blueprints and factor in the spaces that major furniture pieces will be occupying.  You want the vents to have proper access to the middle of the room, so that air can freely flow throughout the entire area.  Otherwise your central air system won’t be as effective as you’d like.  For air conditioning, ceiling vents are recommended as the best option to use whenever and wherever possible.  These will keep a room cooler, more quickly, than floor vents will.  Floor vents can take a very long time in order to transfer cool air to an entire room, but a ceiling vent works quickly and effectively.

Another important factor, after you’ve worked out the placement of your air ducts, is to think about air conditioning vent covers.  Your vent cover will dictate how the duct functions, as well as how the air vent looks from the outside.  The most common designs are metal grates that involve a unique color and design to match the feel of your room.  Although there are also wooden covers available on the market, to giver your duct an antique feel.  These are not recommended for heating vents, but work perfectly for air conditioning vents.

Remember that there are basically two types of vent covers to dictate how air will flow throughout the duct.  Some covers restrict the flow of air from an air conditioning vent.  These are useful if you’d like to control the temperature on a room to room basis.  That way you can keep some rooms cooler, and others warmer by restricting air flow locally.  Otherwise there are covers that only act as a metal grate to cut off easy access to the duct and protect them from children or pets.  Remember though, that with any ventilation system, the covers will have to be removed regularly so that the vents can be cleaned.

A ventilation contractor is your best choice if you’re installing a central air system into your home.  They can instruct on the best way to set up your system, and professionally install the air conditioning vents.  To purchase ventilation covers for the room, first take accurate measurements of the finished duct openings.  Then you can go to a hardware store like Home Depot to purchase any covers that you feel would suit your room the best.  That way you’ll have visually, as well as environmentally pleasing air conditioning vents.