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Old 09-05-2012, 06:30 PM   #1
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attractive floor vents that don't compromise air flow?


I'm in the process of having a new ductwork system put in. A complete tear out and replacement, new design, new everything. I'm told that the wood grates I have now compromise airflow. Problem is, the light oak color goes perfectly with my wood floors and I really don't want to put in some less attractive vents.

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Old 09-05-2012, 06:35 PM   #2
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You'd have to upsize the ducts to get back the restriction.
Or at least the boots.

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Since we do not even know what your's look like it's hard to say.
Did they also offer to sell you some new one at an added cost?
Lowes and Home Depot both have a whole display of brass, metal, and wooden defusers.
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Since we do not even know what your's look like it's hard to say.
Did they also offer to sell you some new one at an added cost?
Lowes and Home Depot both have a whole display of brass, metal, and wooden defusers.
They didn't offer to sell new ones. They just recommended I replace my wooden ones with regular metal ones. They claim the wood ones restrict airflow.
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They claim the wood ones restrict airflow.
They are correct.
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I can see the wood product restricting some air flow it can't be that much more. Flow measurements would have to be taken to see the difference.
I would use whatever I liked that look good and matches the decor.
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IF you're the crafty type, you could use the metal type and paint a faux wood finish on them.
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I can see the wood product restricting some air flow it can't be that much more. Flow measurements would have to be taken to see the difference.
I would use whatever I liked that look good and matches the decor.
20% minimum reduction in air flow for the least resistive wood floor supplies. 40% on many of them.

A 4X10 metal often needs to be increased to a 4X14 wood to get the same air flow.

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