I'm in the process of remodeling my kitchen and the layout of the cabinets is going to be changed. My issue is that the planned location for one of the new cabinets currently has an air register on the floor, and I'm not sure what the right solution is.
(BTW, just for full context, the kitchen is about 190 sq. feet, has 7'6" ceilings, and there are currently only 2 air registers including the one being discussed)
In my mind there are a few options:
1. Put some kind of cover/cap on the duct to block the air flow, then just put the cabinet on top. My question with this is ... since that will block off half of the air flow to the kitchen, will we still be able to properly heat/cool the kitchen?
2. Put no cover/cap, but still just put the cabinet on top. So same question as with option #1, plus I'm wondering if the air flow will potentially damage the cabinet (mold, mildew, etc.).
3. Buy some piece of duct work that bends 90 degrees and will connect to the current duct work, then cut a hole in the toe kick of the cabinet and route the air flow out that way. Presumably this will work and still maintain the same level of heating/cooling, but is this common practice? I don't know if I've ever seen a kitchen with this.
4. Removing all the duct work underneath the floor and installing a new air register somewhere else in the kitchen. If we chose this option, how difficult is this to do? The ceiling in the basement is open and there's a pretty decent spot between the same two joists as the current register. Could I do this myself or would I definitely need a HVAC professional? How expensive would it be to hire someone?
Any other options I'm not thinking of? Thanks.