A heat register is put in place to cover the hole where the ductwork for the heat comes out. Registers can be found for the floor, wall and baseboard. A heat register has very little effect on the flow of the heat because the pressure produced by the fans is enough to push the heated air through. Most register options can be found in wood and metal. Metal tends to stand up better than wood over a period of time.
Common Heat Register Formats
- Floor heat registers are designed to be placed in the floor. They are commonly used in homes with basements. Floor registers are built to withstand being walked on so they are usually more expensive than wall registers.
- Wall registers are placed directly in the wall and held in place through the use of screws or magnets.
- Baseboard registers are placed directly at the baseboard. They are most commonly found in homes which are 60 years old or older. They can be found in several different types of metal.
Steps for Choosing the Right Heat Register
- Determine if you need a floor register, baseboard register or wall register based on the position of the piping.
- Determine if you need louvers which can be used to direct or cut off air flow.
- Pick the color and style you like. Custom styles offer more design options but they will cost at least twice as much as standard styles.