A heat register is put in place to cover the hole where the ductwork for the heat comes out. Registers can be found for the floor, wall, ceiling, and baseboard. A heat register has very little effect on the flow of the heat because the pressure produced by the fans is enough to push the heated air through. Most register options can be found in wood and metal. Metal tends to stand up better than wood over a period of time.
Common Heat Register Formats
Floor heat registers are designed to be placed in the floor. They are commonly used in homes with basements or those with ductwork running beneath the floor. Floor registers are built to withstand being walked on so they are usually more expensive than wall registers.
Wall and ceiling registers are placed directly in place and held through the use of screws or magnets.
Baseboard registers are placed directly at the baseboard. They are most commonly found in homes which are 60 years old or older. They can be found in several different types of metal.
Steps for Choosing the Right Heat Register
Step 1 - Pick Your Type
Determine if you need a floor register, baseboard register, ceiling register, or wall register based on the position of the piping.
Step 2 - Consider the Air Flow
Determine if you need louvers which can be used to direct or cut off air flow.
Step 3 - Evaluate Surrounding Decor
Pick the color and style you like. Custom styles offer more design options but they will cost at least twice as much as standard styles. You can match wood flooring with a wood register or select an ornate silver or gold design to create a stand out statement.