Floor vent covers are an important part of your RV’s central air system. For any air system that uses ducts, specifically floor ducts, having a vent cover over them allows the air to be distributed throughout the living space while preventing anything from getting into the air ducts. While they are a simple and effective piece that doesn’t require much effort, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Measuring For Your Floor Vent
When looking for a new floor vent, you’ll need to find the measurements of the floor duct first. And while it may be tempting to just get the measurements of the vent cover that is already in place, this isn’t a good idea. This is because the existing floor vent might not give an accurate measurement of the duct laying under it. Instead, remove the old vent and take the measurements of the duct itself. Using this measurement, you are then able to look for a vent cover that fits these dimensions.
Cleaning Your Floor Vent
Even if you are rigorous in your cleaning efforts, dirt and dust still get in. They are found in any home and can easily get into your floor vents. If this dust and debris is allowed to build up in the floor ducts, they could decrease the efficiency of the air system, stir up dust into the air rather than keep it clean, and if left untreated for long periods of time can even pose a fire risk. To prevent this from happening and to keep your RV clean and safe, simply dust and wipe down the floor vents when you are cleaning.
Can You Cover The Floor Vent?
Covering the floor vents can be a good idea if you have small children or pets that might have small enough hands to get stuck between the grates. By covering the vents, you can keep crawling children safer and also prevent anything from falling into the duct between the grates. If you do cover it, however, you’ll need to make sure you get a cover that is specifically made for floor vents. Don’t block it with a bed, furniture, a rug, or other pieces. Doing so can make it more difficult to actually use the air system and can even lead to potential fire risks. If your vents are not working currently, such as in the off season, you can cover them without much worry. If you are using them, however, you’ll need to consider how it will affect the airflow as well as the safety of both the air system and the item that is blocking the duct. If you have furniture over the duct, the hot air can potentially damage the material over time.