How to Install Window Vents

Updated April 17, 2017

Some homeowners install window vents to help with circulation problems. These vents come in different sizes and styles. They often are custom-built when the size of a home's windows are not uniform. Measure your vents precisely to make sure they fit snugly inside the window frame. Install wood vents on your windows with wood screws. Screwing the wood vents inside the window frame makes maintenance or replacement of individual vents much easier.

Place snug-fitting wood window vents into the window frame from the inside of the house.

Center them in a uniform manner in all the windows. Measure from the window frame and mark places for the edges of each vent.

Fasten the vents into place with wood screws and the drill. Use as many screws as needed, but no more than necessary to make removal for maintenance easier. Keep the screws going in a straight line either horizontally or vertically.


Predrilling pilot holes may be necessary, depending on the size of wood screws used and the wood framing of the vents. Paint the vents before installing, then touch up as needed.


Be careful when using power tools. Using caulk or glue instead of screws will make removal and maintenance more difficult.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill
  • Wood screws
  • Tape measure
  • Straightedge
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Billy Ray has been writing since 1994. He writes a popular featured column on the sports Web site Bleacher Report and has been licensed in loan origination and real estate. He is an EPA-certified Lead-based-paint renovator. Billy has taken courses in real estate, commercial lending and home renovation in addition to college courses in writing at Southern Oregon State University.