Vent covers is a generic term which is used broadly to describe the protective covers placed above air vents in your home where heated or cooled air emerge from your HVAC system. The technical name for these covers, as mentioned above is registers. There are some other kinds of covers also available in the market. Some examples of such systems are: chimney caps, fireplace surrounds, damper caps, grilles, gas cylinders, etc. However, before purchasing any of them you should be aware of the kind of air conditioning unit which uses these.
For instance, an air conditioner which utilizes gas generates steam while the same produces hot air from a combustion process. This difference results in the need for different vent covers as well. Heat generators generate hot air and cool air in different ways. In case of gas generator type, the duct enters from the bottom of a room to the top and vice versa for the cool air generation system. Hence, it becomes important for you to identify which part of your system uses which method of generating cool and warm air.
This is where the register manufacturers enter the information into their software. This way you will know the right size of the cover for your system. Most of the time, the manufacturers sell complete sets of vent covers. However, if you don’t want to buy all of them together then you can go for individual items like: hvac grilles, heat registers, damper caps, etc.
Another advantage of buying them all together is that you will save money on installation. You do not have to purchase separately different products for each item. This helps you to cut down on the cost of HVAC. It is also important to note that installing duct covers, air vent covers and heat registers all by yourself will be more expensive as compared to the installation of all three products at once.
Although you can get high quality and durable heat registers and air vent covers at low prices, you should buy them from a reliable manufacturer. There are many companies which sell complete sets including the duct covers, air registers, return air grilles etc. You should opt for a manufacturer who produces high-quality products.
An ideal manufacturer should be able to manufacture durable air register grilles and duct covers. They should also be able to make alterations if required in order to fit all types of cooling and heating systems. You should also opt for manufacturers who use good quality, rugged materials like aluminum and stainless steel. These manufacturers will not produce warping or shrinkage problems in the products. They will offer you lifetime warranties for their products.