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Have you renovated your home recently? While you may be enjoying the fresh new look, there’s a chance that your HVAC system’s vent cover looks a bit out of place. You may be considering getting a decorative vent cover, but how will such a decoration affect your system’s performance? Our experts take a closer look at this question here.

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What Are Decorative Vent Covers

Decorative vent covers are actually just vent covers with a unique design, something other than the usual horizontal slats. Some covers have a secondary filter to keep out smaller particles, while others are simply-shaped grids designed to go over a duct.

Vent Covers & Airflow

The biggest concern when using decorative vent covers is airflow. Because some covers have different profiles, there’s a chance that they can prevent the air from flowing smoothly. On the other hand, some covers with non-standard filters may end up filtering the air efficiently, compromising indoor air quality.

Considering the Free Area

In order to make sure a decorative vent cover won’t compromise the system’s performance, you have to take consider the “free area”. This term defines the amount of surface area of a grill that allows air to pass through. A good rule of thumb is that a vent cover must have a free area as large as 75% of the duct’s width and height.

Consulting the Experts

If you’re not sure about whether you’re getting a decorative vent cover that’s “safe” to use, you should consider getting help from experts. Get in touch with a certified air conditioning repair expert and see if they have vent covers that won’t compromise your HVAC system’s airflow and general performance.

Learn more about good HVAC options with help from our team. AC & Refrigeration Works is the leading HVAC contractor in the area. You can call us at (956) 255-7227 or fill out this contact form to request a quote.