Why is there a vent in my wall?

Moisture Control

Static vents, positioned throughout older homes, controlled moisture. In some older homes, wall air vents helped remove moisture build-up between exterior and interior walls. This prevented mold from growing prior to the invention of sealants.

Can you cover wall vents?

Hide an air vent in plain sight with a fresh coat of the same paint color you used on the walls. Voila! Say goodbye to those sad slats and replace them with a piece of framed, patterned mesh.

How do I stop my air vents from drafting?

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How do you fit an air vent in the wall?

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Is it OK to cover air vents?

You could mess with the air flow.

Just because you cover the vent, it doesn’t mean your HVAC system knows that. It will keep pushing air to those vents, and if they’re closed, you could cause a buildup of air pressure and insufficient airflow which could damage your system.

What happens if you block an air vent?

You could damage your heat exchanger

There will inevitably be a buildup of air pressure if you block the airflow from your vents. This leads to issues with your heat exchanger — it will crack and could potentially emit carbon monoxide emissions.

Where should an air vent be installed?

Air Ducts Near the Ceiling Are Most Effective

One of the most important things to be aware of when deciding on vent placement in your new home is that typically, air ducts placed near or within the ceiling are the most effective option in terms of energy efficiency.

Where do air bricks go on the wall?

Where Should an Air Brick Go? The National House Building Council (NHBC) advise that an air brick should go below the floor joists and above or below the damp proof course, at least 75mm above ground level in your front and rear house walls.

Can blocking a vent cause a fire?

Fire Hazard

Perhaps the most obvious (and most dangerous) result of a blocked vent is that it will cause a fire.

Is it OK to put furniture over a vent?

The short answer to this question is “No.” Vents are there to provide for a necessary free flow of air. Block that flow, and your home will run sub-optimally, and you could even cause damage to your HVAC system.

Do houses need air vents?

Ventilation removes stale air, ensuring your home feels fresh and comfortable, as well as helping to remove moist air that can lead to issues such as condensation and damp.

Do modern houses have air vents?

Quality houses of the past had a lot of ventilation via air bricks, etc., part of the reason why so many are still around, but modern houses are built without fireplaces and little natural ventilation.

Should vents be closed in unused rooms?

The short answer is no; you should not close air vents in your house. Closing vents can actually waste more energy than operating your system normally. How does closing air vents waste energy? Because when you close vents in unused rooms, your central air system will push the excess air to other places in your home.

What is the vent on the side of my house?

Attic Ventilation Basics

Intake vents are located at the lowest part of the roof under the eaves, high on the sides of the house within a gable, or as shingled intake vents that are installed on a low part of the roof. These vents allow cool air to enter the attic.

Why do people have vents on side of house?

Eave vents are typically circular-shaped vents are commonly added to a house to improve attic ventilation. They sit under the eaves, between the rafters, and run along two sides of the house.

Should crawl space vents be open or closed?


Your crawl space vents should always be closed and sealed off from the outside elements. Venting your crawl space leads to a variety of issues. First and foremost, open vents allow moisture to enter your crawl space. This creates the perfect environment for mold growth and mildew.