What are Wall Vent?
Wall vents are small openings in the wall. They allow fresh air to enter your home through them. You can use these small holes for various purposes such as:
1) To provide ventilation for heating and cooling systems. 2) For lighting purposes. 3) To provide natural light when needed. 4) To provide ventilation for cooking purposes.
5) To create a space where you can store items. 6) To provide a place for children to play. 7) To provide a place where you can sit down and relax. 8) To prevent dust mites from entering your home. 9) For keeping pets away from the walls 10) For creating a place for reading materials such as books, magazines etc.. 6) To provide ventilation for storing water. 7) To provide ventilation for cleaning purposes. 8) To create a place where you can keep pets.
The above list is not an exhaustive one but it mentions only the main purposes of wall vents. Air vent systems are always used in combination with other heating and ventilation systems.
Wall Vents Closed or Open?
As mentioned in the introduction there are two options when it comes to wall vents: there are open ones and closed ones. If you have decided to close the wall vent, then you do not need to worry as fresh air can still enter your home through some other means.
How to cover air vents in the wall?
If you want to prevent dust, insects, rodents, and other small animals from entering your home through these holes then you need to seal them. Here are some steps that you should follow:
1) Use a utility knife to cut a piece of thin plywood or drywall that is slightly bigger than the hole. 2) Gently press the piece onto the hole so that it fits tightly. So you can close the wall vent without any apprehensions. But if you have decided to keep the wall vent open, then there are some important points that need your attention:
1) Make sure that no pests or insects can enter your home through these openings. 2) Make sure that the wind doesn’t affect objects kept around these openings. 3) Make sure that rainwater does not make its way into your home through these holes. 3) Use a drywall screw to fasten the plywood or drywall into the wall.
4) Use a touch up marker to cover the spots where you have made the cuts.
It is very easy to cover wall vents yourself. If you are not sure about your skills then you can employ a handyman or someone else who has experience with these things.
Exterior Wall Vents
At one point in time exterior wall vent were fairly common. But as the years passed by fewer and fewer people started using them. But they still have their uses, here are some of them:
1) They can be helpful when you want to provide light to a room without having any windows. 2) They help a lot if you want to make your home look a bit more interesting. In this case you can pick from a wide variety of designs and shapes. 3) They come in handy when you need to provide ventilation in a non-traditional way.
4) They help you save a lot of energy since you don’t have to rely on electric fans or air conditioners. 5) They are easy to maintain and clean.
These are some of the reasons why people still use exterior wall vents. If you want to be a bit adventurous and creative, you can try using some of these vents in your home.
This short article should have given you an idea about exterior wall vents and how to use them. As mentioned before there are many different designs and styles to choose from. So pick the ones that appeal to you the most.
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