How to Change a Home Air Vent Cover

Every air duct vent in the home should have vent covers installed. The basic vent covers are not aesthetically pleasing. They can be replaced with decorative ones when you know how to change a home vent cover. Replacing the vent cover only requires a couple of tools and a few minutes of time for each one. While the ventilation duct work is open, it is a good time to clean it as well.

Determine what size vent cover is needed. Remove the existing vent cover by unscrewing the two attaching screws with a screwdriver.

Measure the inside opening of the ventilation duct with a tape measure. Sometimes the vent ducts are not cut properly or to a universal size. For this reason it is a good idea to measure the existing cover as well. Be sure to measure the part of the cover that inserts into the ventilation duct.

Inspect the ventilation duct for dust and debris. Use a vacuum cleaner to clean out the ventilation duct as necessary. Run the hose of the vacuum into the duct work as far as possible to remove dust.

Inspect the holes that the attaching screws were in. It may be necessary to insert plastic anchors into them. This will ensure that your new vent is installed securely. Avoid using larger attaching screws if possible. If larger screws must be used be sure that you drill the new vent cover holes to the size of the screw. This will ensure that your new vent is installed securely.

Install the new vent cover into the ventilation duct. Make sure that it fits all the way around the perimeter and it is meeting the floor.

Attach it with the two mounting screws. Make sure they are snug but not over tightened.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Tape Measure
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Plastic Anchors
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Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. His work has appeared in both print and online publications, including "The American Chronicle." Crawford holds an associate degree in business administration from Commonwealth College.