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To our dismay, when we moved into our 40s era house, we discovered that nearly all the heater vents and our cold air return vent had been painted over (so therefore stuck to the walls). We would like to remove them and replace, but not only is nearly every vent cover a different size, they are all odd-sized. I have looked online at companies that sell covers, and have never seen the sizes I need. Surely I am not the only one in this predicament? Seems silly to have them custom made when we are not looking for anything fancy, just something without 70 years of paint build up on them... Vent Detective
I have heat registers in my floor and I thought I could put a piece of furniture that was on open legs over it, but someone said the heat may dry out the furniture. When we first bought the house, there were these clear plastic things on top of the vent that fit over it that would direct the air outward rather than upward. For some reason, that plastic piece disappeared when we moved in. Where can I buy something like this and would it solve my problem? It's annoying that the vents really limit where you can place furniture (they are centered under windows).
You have one other alternative-- a thin magnetic sheet that will completely cover the register, which means essentially 99% of the heat is blocked and forced to exit through the next nearest registers. This should also be relatively cheap and found in most hardware stores. Just ask the staff, and they should know what you're talking about. Don't do this to too many registers in your house-- I'm told that the increased resistance causes stress on your furnace fan. Jim
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