Where Should You Place Your HVAC Vents?

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A number of factors affect your energy consumption and your comfort at home. Once thing you may overlook is vent placement. If you are having an HVAC system placed into new construction or are redoing the system in your current home, you need to carefully consider where your vents will work best.

Return Vent

Your heating and cooling system will never work correctly if the return vents are placed too closely to the supply vents. The return vent draws in air so that it can be heated or cooled. The supply vents then push that air out into your home to raise or lower the temperature. If the two vent types are placed nearly side by side, which can happen in a sloppy design, the air flow will be mixed and your system will not have a chance to work properly. 

Experts suggest placing return vents in colder climates near the floor so that they can more easily pull in the cold air that hovers there. The opposite is true for hot climates. Since the AC is the main concern in Florida, the return vent should be placed near to or in the ceiling to pull in the hot air for cooling. Whenever possible, each room in your home should have a return register as well as supply vents. 

Supply Vents

Supply vents can be placed by the floor, near the ceiling, or in the ceiling. Placing them where they will not be blocked by furniture or other obstructions is the most important consideration as far as energy consumption is concerned. Aesthetics may also be an issue, so you may choose to place them according to the design of the room. This action will not cause a problem as long as you place them on the outside walls and under the windows whenever possible. This placement will keep your room temperature more comfortable in all seasons. 

Before your HVAC is installed, you need to consult with your technician about the best vent placement for your needs. You should have a plan that is attractive as well as effective. When contractors are faced with awkward spacing, they may try to force vents where they do not belong. Your HVAC expert or air conditioner repair technician can advise you on the placement that works for your home design and your area's climate. Paying attention to vents can make a huge difference in the comfort of your home. 

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