Drop Ceiling Directional Air Register Installation

Yesterday, we wrote about the need we had to deflect the air coming out of an air register within our basement drop ceiling.

I had found a 2 in 1 plastic air vent register which contained a built in deflector that would seem to meet our need, containing a middle component which would allow the air to optionally be directed towards one side of the unit.

The installation actually took less time than I had thought, about 10 minutes or so. It was one of those home maintenance tasks which was quite rare for me in that everything went well the first time. icon wink Drop Ceiling Directional Air Register Installation

I first confirmed that the 3 in by 10 inch register was the same size as the existing register.

Next, I unscrewed the screws at either end of the existing air register.

removing old ceiling air register Drop Ceiling Directional Air Register Installation

I then brought both the current and the new air registers into my home workshop to measure where I should place the holes at either end of the new register so they would be in the identical position to those in the old register, which would allow me to use the existing holes in the drop ceiling tile, shown below once I removed the old grey register. If you look very closely at the picture below, you can see the screw holes about 1/2 inch from the edge of either end of the vent opening.

air vent opening in drop ceiling tile Drop Ceiling Directional Air Register Installation

To my pleasant surprise, the new register had indentations for the holes at either end in the identical place to the holes drilled into the old grey unit. If you look closely in the picture immediately below you can see the old (grey) register with the previously drilled hole underneath the new (white) pop up air register with the indentation for the hold to be drilled in the identical area.

old and new air register Drop Ceiling Directional Air Register Installation

Aren’t standards a wonderful thing when it comes to home renovation or home maintenance products? icon smile Drop Ceiling Directional Air Register Installation

As I have come to learn, pretty much all plastic air registers either have the holes pre-drilled in the metal units (which means that these registers are to be used on the wall or in the ceiling) or indentations in the standard place on the underside of the plastic units (giving its purchaser the option to drill the hole if to be used in the ceiling or to not drill the holes where the unit is to simply be placed on a floor vent opening).

So, I then I drilled the hole at either end of the new pup up air register. This was followed by my easily placing the unit into the existing vent opening within the drop ceiling tile and manually inserted the same screws which were used to hold up the old air register.

directional air register Drop Ceiling Directional Air Register Installation

I then pulled down the middle insert of the air register to cause the heated air from the solar air collector to flow towards the opening containing the stairs from the basement up to the main floor.

I’m quite pleased with this type of directional air vent. I had not seen it anywhere previously and it works very nicely. It also is not visually obtrusive, no more in my opinion than the prior air register.

directional air register installed Drop Ceiling Directional Air Register Installation

So, next time if you have the need to direct the air coming out from a heating or cooling vent you might consider this type of directional air register if it meets your needs. Hopefully this will help us and help you in your home energy savings efforts.

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