How to Install Heating Vents


Heating vents are a common sight in any house with a forced air heating and cooling system. A typical room will have one or two heating vents that supply the room with air from the furnace and one or two vents that return the air back to the furnace. Heating vents are mounted to the wall, and they cover the duct opening. It is easy to install heating vents and the typical homeowner can complete this task in short order.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Heat vent
  • Cordless drill
  • Level
  • Work gloves
  • Measure the duct opening in the wall. You will want to measure both the width and the height. Heat vents are sized using this measurement and the width is typically the first number.

  • Go to your local home improvement store and purchase the correct heat vent. For example, if you measured a width of 10 inches and a height of 6 inches, you'll look for a 10x6 heat vent.

  • Slide the flange on the back of the heat vent into the duct opening and push it in until the surface flange is flush against the wall.

  • Use the provided screws, and screw one side of the heat vent into the wall. Put a level on top of the heat vent, adjust the heat vent to level and screw the other side of the heat vent to the wall.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear gloves when handling heat vents. They are made of metal and have sharp edges. Handling them with bare hands can cause serious cuts.

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