The Common Types of Air Vents Found in Homes

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There are different types of air vents, and air vent covers you can have in your home. Each has its specific ways of functioning and identifiable traits, but it’s hard to know which ones will best suit your needs.

We will run you through the common types of air Vents found in homes, so you can make a more informed decision about which might suit your needs best.

And, by learning about which air vents you have installed, it will be easier to let a repair team know about any issues you have.

So now, let’s run through the different air vent options and coverings.

Return and Supply Vents

Return vents work by sucking the air out of a particular room and sending it back to your air conditioning or central heating system. These vents are larger than supply vents, and they don’t produce an effect where you can feel any airflow coming from them.

Supply vents will connect to your supply ducts and blow air from your air conditioning unit or central heating system. And it’s normal for these types of vents to utilize registers – which we will discuss later in more detail.

Unlike return vents, you will feel a noticeable airflow coming from supply vents. A good way to test this to be sure is just to hold a piece of paper in front of your vent when your airflow is switched on. If the air is blowing the paper away from the vent – it’s a supply vent.

Grilles and Registers

Grilles are used to seal vents as a metal covering permanently. They are typically fixed to ceilings, sidewalls, and even floors in some instances. They are used for cooling units or central heating systems.

If you opt for a grille, there is no damper to control the airflow into your home. Instead, grilles allow the entire flow of air to run throughout your home.

Registers are actually grilles, yet they do have moving parts. They can open their adjustable damper fully, slightly, or you can completely close it.

Many people prefer to have a ceiling register installed. This is because it means you can keep your walls smooth and untampered for better aesthetics in the home. Also, they can allow for better airflow if it’s supplying cold air as cold air sinks.

Vents on walls don’t look particularly attractive. In worst-case scenarios, people try to makeover vents on their walls!

So anyhow, registers allow you to have some form of control of the airflow from a particular vent. This is convenient if you wish to block off airflow in a specific area of your home but keep other places with the air fully flowing.

However, it is recommended not to close the adjustable damper fully on a register because it will imbalance your system.

Tip: Put grilles or registers on the floor if they provide heat as hot air rises.

Types of Air Vents

You should now have a clearer understanding of both the types of air vents you can have in the home and vent coverings.

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