Cutting into a heating vent requires a lot of work. There are two places where you can install vents: in the floor and through the ceiling. This project requires a lot of measuring, climbing and crawling underneath the floor, but with proper installation, the vents will blend into the room. Follow the tips below to cut into a heating vent and solve your heating needs.
Step 1: Determine Where to Place Your Vents
The first thing you need to do is to take a good look at the room’s layout and appearance. You should avoid placing the vents in locations where there is high traffic or where people often pass by. When installing vents on the ceiling, you should also avoid placing them in a location where you will not be able to access them in case of problems.
Finally, consider where the warm air will pass by. You should not place the vents in a location where the flow of air will be a hassle for the people who are working or standing in that area.
Step 2: Measure
Measure the place where you plan to place your vents. They should be away from your HVAC system, plumbing pipes or electrical wires for safety reasons. Measure the entire length of the house and marking the measurements where the vents will go. Then repeat this process on the ceiling or under the floor.
Step 3: Make the Hole
Use a hammer to drive a nail into the middle of the spot where you want to place your vent. After making it sink deep enough, get back to your room and look for the nail you just drove through. Once you find the nail, you can now mark the hole where you will be installing your vents.
Step 4: Install the Vent
A vent is usually 4x10 inches in size. Use a pencil to mark the hole where you will be cutting. You can then cut through the ceiling with the use of a keyhole saw. When cutting a hole through the floor, it is advisable to use a wood saw.