Return Air Vent Locations:
The above image shows the locations of all return air vents in your home. You may notice that most rooms are located near one another. This is because there are multiple functions that require a certain amount of return air.
For example, if you have a bedroom with no windows, then it needs to get fresh air from outside so that the room does not become too hot during summer time. If you have a bathroom without any windows, then it needs to get fresh air from outside so that the room does not become too cold during winter time.
In addition to these two main functions, there are other rooms where return air is needed. These include kitchens and bathrooms. In kitchen areas, you would want fresh air for cooking purposes.
In bathrooms, you would want fresh air for bathing purposes. Therefore, each of these rooms requires a different amount of return air.
Return Air Vents:
There are several types of return air vents available. They include:
• Window Filters – These type of return air vents filter out dust particles and debris that cause allergies and respiratory problems. They can also reduce the amount of allergens entering the house.
If you have a large family, then you will probably need to install more than one return air vent in your home. Each of these additional return vents would allow for increased airflow throughout the house. Some homes only need one return air vent, while others might require three or four.
There are several types of return air vents available to homeowners today.
Almost all homes have a certain amount of return vents installed during construction. Depending on where you live, some of these might not be enough to keep your home comfortable. For example, if you live in an older home that requires more return air than the original design allows for, you will definitely want to install an additional return air vent in your home.
These are fairly easy to find and can be installed by any amateur handyman.
How To Place The Vents
If you have a fireplace in your house, then it should be replaced with a modern ventless system. A lot of these systems are designed for direct venting to the outside. Before making a final decision, be sure to read customer reviews on the company’s website.
These types of vents do not require any additional cleaning. This is a really great thing for homeowners that do not want to deal with the hassle of cleaning.
Flue pipes are round, hollow tubes that carry smoke and gasses from a fire upwards and outside. These types of flue piping are made of rigid, durable materials. These materials do not allow for the possibility of becoming blocked.
This makes them a lot safer than a lot of the modern chimney designs that are sold today.
In addition to these types of flues, there are also stove pipes and chimneys available.
Some other types of vents on the market today include wall mounted and ceiling mounted units. These vents are usually hidden behind furniture or suspended from the ceiling. This type allows for a more decorative look that will be appealing to most homeowners.
A lot of these decorative vents are available with electronic controls. This allows homeowners to control the temperature of each room from a central location. This can lower your energy costs since you won’t be using as much energy to heat or cool certain rooms in the house.
Property owners that want to save money on their heating and cooling bills may want to consider installing an Energy Star rated return air vent in their home. These types of vents are designed to keep your home at the perfect temperature all year round. This allows you to set the temperature that you want in different rooms.
Whatever type of venting system you decide to purchase, be sure that it is UL listed and compliant with local building codes in your city or town. If you follow these easy steps, you will be able to find the perfect return air vent for your home.
Return air vents are a great way to maintain ideal temperatures in each room in your house. These vents are designed to bring fresh air in from the outside and expel stale air from each room. This allows you to control the temperature in each room with less effort.
These are fairly easy to install, but you will need to find the right type for your home.
Installing a new return air vent is a fairly simple process. It just requires a few basic hand tools and a few hours of your time. If you follow these instructions, you should have no trouble installing your new return air vent.
Before You Install Your New Vents…
Before you begin installing your new return air vent, you should check the wall dimensions in each room that needs a vent. Most of these vents come in several different sizes. Since you will need a hole cut out of the wall to install the new vent, you will want to get the proper sized vent before you begin the installation process.
You should also have floor and ceiling tiles cut to fit the new vent. If there isn’t a local company that does this, you can do it yourself with a tile cutter. It just takes a little patience and practice.
Most vents come with pre-cut holes that are sized to fit each wall stud. This makes installation very easy since you won’t need to make any cuts.
Measure the length and width of each wall that requires a vent. Then multiply the two numbers together to get the total surface area for each wall.
For example, a wall that is 8 feet long by 4 feet high has a total surface area of 32 square feet.
Installing Your New Vents…
1. Find the floor, ceiling, and wall studs in each room that will have a new vent installed. Use a stud finder to locate these.
2. Locate the exact center of each wall that needs a vent installed.
If you have an older home, you may want to measure the size of your floor and ceiling tiles. Newer homes generally have standard size tiles, so you can buy replacements from your local home improvement store. Just take the old tiles with you when you go to the store.
Installing the Vents…
Step 1 – Turn off the power to the outlet that is located near the new vent. Check the circuit breaker to make sure that it is off. Mark these locations on the wall.
3. Place the new vent against the wall under one of the pre-cut holes. Use a level to make sure that it is sitting evenly on the wall.
If the bottom of the vent feels like it is sitting on a stud, then you will need to add a 2×4 underneath it to provide more support.
If you do not know how to do this, call an electrician to turn off the power for you.
Step 2 – Cut out a hole in each wall that needs a new vent installed. Cut from the attic, basement or floor of your home, whichever is applicable. Cut the hole so that it is slightly larger than the vent itself.
For example, if your vent is 4 inches wide, cut your hole slightly larger than 4 inches wide. Drill pilot holes into the wall at the location of each screw.
5. Attach the vent to the wall with the screws that were provided with the vent.
6. Measure the distance from the top of the vent to the top of the opening in the wall. Transfer this measurement to the new floor or ceiling tiles.
Use this measurement to cut the tiles so that they are slightly larger than the hole in the wall.
7. Place the new tiles in the hole using a thin layer of tile adhesive. Spread a thin layer of adhesive on each side of the wall before placing the tiles in place.
This should be enough to keep them in place.
8. Place mesh tape along all sides of the vent where it meets the wall or ceiling.
9. Hold the vent in place and screw it into the wall. Use a drill with a screw bit to make the job easier.
Now that your new vent is in place, you can proceed to replace the floor or ceiling tiles. Your project should be finished up at this point. If you want to complete your project, simply replace your old heating and air conditioning unit with a new one.
How to Replace an Old Heating and Air Conditioning Unit
Before replacing your heating and air conditioning unit, make sure that the power to the outlet is turned off. If you don’t know how to do this, call in a professional to turn off the power for you. If you still wish to attempt the project yourself, follow these steps to get started:
1. Disconnect the power supply to your old heating and air conditioning unit by unplugging it from the wall. Place a fan in front of the open window to help dissipate the heat that is built up inside the machine.
2. Remove any furniture that is in front of your heating and air conditioning unit.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Vent flows (HW Emmons – The SFPE Handbook of Fire protection Engineering …, 2002 – academia.edu)
- Fan-equipped air delivery vent (LV Elkins – US Patent 5,632,677, 1997 – Google Patents)
- Neutrophilic Fe-oxidizing bacteria are abundant at the Loihi Seamount hydrothermal vents and play a major role in Fe oxide deposition (D Emerson, CL Moyer – Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2002 – Am Soc Microbiol)