Floor Or Wall Registers- Which Do You Prefer? - HVAC - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > HVAC


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-29-2010, 12:20 AM   #1
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 26
Rewards Points: 25

Floor or wall registers- which do you prefer?


I'm currently in the middle of a total gut and remodel of a family room on my house, 14' x 18'. I'm just about to insulate and close up walls, but the last thing on the list is to finish up the HVAC.

Existing room had two wall registers on far outside 18' wall. I removed them for some modifications (furring out walls for more insulation, etc.). I had plannned to just put those back in. They are on either side of some large windows, and one is aligned to the edge of the window, while the other is 16" over from the edge and it drives me nuts- probably ridiculous but I like symmetry. Basement is not finished so I could move it over a joist bay- no big deal.

My real question- what are the pros and cons of floor vs. wall registers? I like the clean look of a floor register, but concerned about dropping things in them, etc. Do the experts have a preference? Either way, it seems you don't want furniture in front of them and we never have furniture along those windows anyways. Are there other concerns?

If I put them in the floor, I'd be eliminating a short wall stack, but either way will have a 90 degree stack boot under the floor, so I'm not too concerned about changing the dynamics of the HVAC system. Should I be in this case? Old walls were 2x4 with a 2.5"x10" to 6x10 register head off a 90 degree stack boot under the floor, 5" sheetmetal round ducts supplying these. Walls are now furred to 2x6 size. If I put them in the wall should I go with the same register head size?



project_guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2010, 09:01 AM   #2
30 year tech
hvac122's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Posts: 427
Rewards Points: 250

I would put them in the floor so you can fully insulate the wall. Otherwise you will lose some capacity.


hvac122 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2010, 09:19 AM   #3
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South of Boston, MA
Posts: 17,248
Rewards Points: 2,000

I had floor registers at my last house, radiators here
I'd rather have a fully insulated wall too
The only advantage I see on a wall register is that it blows the air out into the room
Scuba_Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2010, 09:24 AM   #4
tk03's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: PA
Posts: 167
Rewards Points: 150

Air changes are air changes....cfm in and cfm out.....all is equal. With that said it is best to have supplies on outside wall area and return on inside wall area whether floor or wall.
tk03 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2010, 10:28 AM   #5
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Acworth Georgia
Posts: 77
Rewards Points: 75

Generally speaking the floor registers are better for heat, and ceiling difusers are better for air conditioning. So it depends on which you use the most.
H. Phillips is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2010, 01:53 PM   #6
An old Tradesmen
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Somewhere
Posts: 34,409
Rewards Points: 7,808

Put them on the floor.

Supplies registers should not be on an outside wall.


beenthere is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Where to place ceiling registers artlover13060 HVAC 8 12-21-2009 07:43 AM
Location of Heat Registers in Master Bedroom edfromma HVAC 3 12-15-2009 10:08 AM
Adding heat registers to basement brick1930 HVAC 0 08-24-2009 05:52 PM
Baseboard moulding taller than air registers interplexr Remodeling 8 04-03-2009 06:24 AM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1