When you have small children at home, you always want to make sure they don’t have dangerous encounters with your furnishings and appliances. One thing that can attract their attention is the components of your HVAC system, specifically the registers. They may curiously stick their tiny fingers in the vents and get stuck. They can also put items in the air ducts, which can get damaged too.
Here an air conditioner and furnace replacement expert shares ways to childproof your HVAC registers.
Secure the Registers
Securing the vents in place is one of the best ways to childproof them. You can do this by screwing or nailing the registers to the floor. It’s easy to perform this task on wood vents, but if you have metal ones you’ll need to replace them. To make sure it’s done right, you can ask for the assistance of an AC repair expert.
If securing your floor vents isn’t an option, you can keep items away from the ducts by adding screens or filters. They can help block the opening and keep your child from inserting things into the ducts. Screens are installed on the bottom of your vent cover.
Install Plastic Vent Covers
Registers can still be risky for young children even if you’ve secured them or installed a screen, as metal vent covers can be sharp and cause cuts. A young child won’t understand the danger and may not hear or respond to your warnings.
You can help reduce the likelihood of an injury by replacing metal vent covers with plastic ones. These plastic covers are available in hardware and online stores. They come in a wide range of styles and finishes to complement your interior while keeping your child safe.
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