There are many different pieces involved in heating and cooling. We have furnaces, air conditioners, duct work, heat exchangers, filters etc…. What we also have are floor and wall registers. Though these may seem to be very small pieces, they are actually important players in the heating and cooling game. They are what allow the conditioned (heated or cooled air) to actually enter the rooms in your home. Having registers isn’t enough though, there are certain ways that registers should be used in order to ensure optimal performance.
First, adjustable slats are a common feature of most wall or floor registers. Be sure that these slats are adjusted so that there is enough room for the air to travel through. In my opinion, it is better to have the register more “open” than not. With floor registers there is the potential that we can accidentally re-adjust the slats when we walk over them, so take the time to actually check on your registers every once in a while.
Secondly, it is not uncommon to cover or block the registers with rugs, furniture, or plants. Though it may look nice, it really impedes the amount of air flow coming into the room. The furnace and air conditioner must work harder to make up for the obstruction, which can lead to eventual failures and loss of money.
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