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Quick Guide to Vents, Grilles and Other Heating Equipment Parts and Supplies in NJ

When your searching for some heating equipment parts and supplies in NJ, it’s easy to get hung up on understanding small and big differences between a class of products. Take for instance the difference between vents, grilles and registers (we’ll leave out grates and the baseboard heater cover this time out). This may not be something you generally need to know, but when the time comes to replace a part due to a remodel or other home repair adventure, it’s good to have some basic information.

First off, you read in many places that the major difference between the three is while registers and vents can have adjustable louvers to direct and close of the air flow (or not), while grilles do not, grilles commonly refer to air intake for the HVAC system.

Air registers have slatted openings in the floor, wall, or ceiling that a user can control using an adjustable damper. You’ve all likely used the thumbwheel or lever on a vent to open and close it for air duct access and managing airflow. These openings do not bring air back to the HVAC system, but deliver heated or cooled air into a space.

Grilles that are made for HVAC air intake have no moving parts and are permanently opened to enable air inflow. Grilles are found in residential ceilings and walls, but a company may install them in floors in certain cases. Depending on the system setup, a home may have one larger return grille or several small ones throughout the home. The only purpose of the grille is to pull air back into the central heating and air system for reuse.

While there are literally hundreds of designs, replacing them is pretty standard across the board. You have to keep in mind that air intakes for the HVAC are predominantly near the ceiling while HVAC air distribution openings are generally near the floor or in the floor (but not always) Are you confused yet?

To simplify this process, look for the damper in the vent you want to replace. If the vent you want to replace has a movable part that allows you to adjust airflow, keep that in mind as you search for a replacement. When it comes time to identify the replacement, vents in walls, ceilings, and floors may look different and have different setups. When you replace your vent, you may need to look for a specific style to match the placement. Like most everything else when it comes to home fixtures that go over an opening, you need to measure the opening. The length and width of the opening will provide you with the information you need to choose a well-suited vent for your space.

Believe it or not, replacing one vent or a house full of vents can be an equally daunting experience with so many variations, so it’s a good idea to consult with your Joe Hurley specialist before you begin the process. They can recommend options of where to go for heating equipment parts and supplies in NJ. For replacements, these generally fall outside of the purview of your heating specialist to carry or source directly for you. Of course, if we’re talking new construction and major remodels and a new HVAC system with ducts, they are there to help you make all of those decisions as well as source and install them for you based on the needs of the design and the contractor.

While your Joe Hurley furnace contractor will go out of their way to provide all of the answers that you will need when it comes to heating equipment parts and supplies in NJ, your basic knowledge is important. When you understand the basics of which questions to ask, you can work with them to make informed decisions about the best course of action for repair or replacement. if you live in Ocean, Monmouth or Mercer County, call Joe Hurley today at 732.660.1600.