Directional Air Vent Register

Last year we wrote a series of articles on the selection and installation of a solar air heater to help heat the basement of our home, as shown in the picture immediately below.

solar air heater installed Directional Air Vent Register

When our daughter would be home from attending university, we would use the air heated by the sun to help heat her basement bedroom. On those occasions, which was most of the time, when she was away at college, we wanted the air to help heat the rest of the basement and possibly rise up to the main floor.

opening to basement stairs Directional Air Vent Register

If you look at the picture above, you will notice a grey coloured air register or air vent in the ceiling to the right of the door to the stairs leading from the basement to the main floor of our home. We would close the air register when our daughter was home to cause the air to flow into the ceiling vent in her bedroom, whereas when she was away we would open this same air vent (while closing the register in her bedroom) to cause the air from the solar air heater to heat this area of the basement and hopefully find its way up the stairs (hot air rises).

After the winter, I was thinking that we might improve the amount of the solar heated air which actually rose to the main floor if I could install an air deflector onto the existing ceiling’s register.

ceiling air register 1 Directional Air Vent Register

What I found instead at Home Depot was a 2 in 1 Pop Up Register from Imperial, good for either a floor or ceiling air vent, as shown below.

pop up air register Directional Air Vent Register

Like the existing air register, it was made of light weight plastic which allowed it to be placed within a drop ceiling simply using two screws, one at either end, inserted into the drop ceiling tile.

This directional air vent register had the middle component which could be pulled out to deflect the air to flow out to one side or, alternatively, leave the middle component residing within the register to continue to have the air to vent straight out.

When the middle was pulled out on one side, it remained in position through the use of two small pins as well as small bumps along either side.

As well, this register had a sliding component which could be used to stop the air flow altogether (when the middle component was fully within the unit) just like our existing register. If we didn’t have a way to continue to direct the air flow into her bedroom, our energy savings effort would be for not when she is home as she would turn on the portable electric heater when not sufficiently warm.

How was the installation?

Select this link to the second part of this short home maintenance series, Drop Ceiling Air Register Installation.

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