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HVAC Supply Registers Floor vs. Ceiling FAQs From Our Experts

December 30, 2016 | 3:15 pm
Cool grille, right? It's an historic, ornamental HVAC grille - the one in your building may look a bit less flashy, but with a similar purpose!
Cool grille, right? It’s an historic, ornamental HVAC grille – the one in your building may look a bit less flashy, but with a similar purpose!

Which is better – HVAC supply registers/grilles in the floor or the ceiling? 

  • Neither is “better” per se. The optimal placement of HVAC supply registers in your home or building depends upon the building’s design and your unique comfort needs.

Is there even a difference between HVAC supply registers/grilles in the floor or the ceiling?

  • Taking into consideration the cubic feet per minute of air needed for the room to maintain a comfortable temperature and the throw or coverage of the area. Either type of register (ceiling or floor) can be used for this as long as the need for the area or room is matched.

What is the difference between supply registers and return registers?

  • Supply registers are the vents that deliver warm or cool air from your central heating/cooling system to each room. Return registers pull air back into the central heating/cooling system.

Why is it a different temperature in each floor of my home?

  • This is due to natural convection and in no way reflects the type of supply register installed. If a supply register is sized properly and installed in the correct position, it should provide excellent comfort and efficiency.

In conclusion, no matter which type of supply register is used, if it is sized properly and installed in the correct position, it should provide excellent comfort and efficiency.

Has anything here piqued your interest?  We’d love to speak with you about it.  Give us a call today!

Tuckey Mechanical Services provides HVAC system installation, maintenance, and repair services throughout South Central Pennsylvania.  Tuckey (PA HIC # 15821) can be reached at 717-249-1535 or www.tuckey.com.

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DISCLAIMER: This article is provided as a reference guide only. A qualified, professional contractor like the Tuckey Companies should handle all interior design, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, remodeling, metal fabrication, and restoration projects. Information presented here is of a general nature that may not be applicable in all situations. Tips, articles, and accompanying information do not represent an official recommendation of the Tuckey Companies.

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