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If you’re tired of the noise your floor registers produce, you may want to learn how to quiet them. In this article we’ll discuss the problems with floor-level vents, how to size vents correctly, and ways to fix a poorly-fitted or loose vent. Hopefully these tips will be helpful for you! Let’s get started! Read on! Now, let’s get to work!
Problems with floor-level vents
There are a few reasons why you might want to install ceiling-level vents. One advantage is that they are more aesthetically pleasing and can save you space. The disadvantage is that your vent may need to be larger than the other vents in your home, especially if you have high ceilings or a steep angle. Another disadvantage is that the ductwork leading to the vent may be short and therefore reduce heat transfer by about 15%.
Proper size of vents
Before purchasing the vent, it is important to consider the size of the space in which you plan to install it. For example, a 12-by-12-inch register shouldn’t get more than 329 CFM of airflow. Any more air will add extra pressure to the louvers and cause them to rattle, causing them to make a “whooshing” sound. You can see how much pressure can be created by constraining air flow by placing your thumb over a running water hose.
When installing floor registers, choose vents with dampers that allow you to control air flow. Louvered dampers are more effective at directing air to specific areas while still allowing a consistent amount of air to flow through the room. Louvered dampers are ideal for residential settings. They can be installed in the ceiling and wall, letting cold air fall and heated air rise. Keep in mind that if the registers are blocked, it can affect the temperature of the room.
Test for excessive noise
One way to determine whether a floor register is making excessive noise is to try to recreate the noise by opening and closing the vent yourself. You may find that the register is making noise if it has loose shutters in the damper box under the grate, or if the vent opening is too wide. The register may also be causing noise if it has a loose vent opening control, such as a lever, button, or wheel.
If you notice excessive noise, you should contact a professional to inspect the register. In older homes, the ductwork may be compromised, so thin metal pieces can become pinched and warped. As a result, airflow from the lower floors can become less than optimal. If you hear thumping and whistling sounds on the floor of your home, it’s likely that the air filter is the cause of the noise. If the noise continues, it may be time for a new filter. You can also check to see if there are loose duct joints. If they are loose, you should wrap the ducts with metal tape. Another cause of excessive noise can be small items falling through the register slats. To remove these obstructions, you may need professional help.
Ways to correct a loose or poorly fitted vent
If you have a loose or poorly fitted floor register, you will likely want to find a quick fix that will eliminate the problem completely. There are several ways to do this, and the best one is to call a heating ventilation professional. These professionals will be able to tell you which method is right for your home. If you are unsure of how to fix your floor register, you may want to check with a local electrician before drilling any holes.
Check the vent opening for strange angles. If there is any, you can use pliers to bend the angle inwards. If you find that the ends of the material are sticking out, use a file to cut them off. Once you’ve finished, put the floor register back into the vent and test for heat. If the noise continues, you may need to replace the register. If the issue persists, you can attempt a more thorough repair by replacing the floor register.