The Hidden Weatherizing Tip!

30 Minutes

Looking to save money on utilities? Check out this oft overlooked weatherizing area!
Floor registers. Most of us have them. Ours do nothing for our nice floors, wouldn't you say?! But that's not why we're here. Ever pull up one of your registers and see what's going on down there? Not a bad idea to give it a look.
This one here, like all of our floor registers, had gaps (some huge!) between the ductwork and all the construction that makes up our floors/basement ceilings. I wondered, how sealed up is everything within all those areas? Not much I'm sure -- I bet if I took out the duct (which I won't), peeked around, I bet everything is open to everything else all the way to the foundation walls. Yeah, the house flipper we bought from was bad.
Sooooo...I then wondered if cold air was coming in through these gaps or if the gaps were stealing my pricey heated or cooled air.
Such an easy fix with some silver foil HVAC duct tape. Not the duck tape, or the gummy sticky tape, but the silver foil tape. I patched up all the gaps. Be sure to give the vent a quick vacuum while you're there too!
Amazingly, there's a difference in the house -- it does feel a tad warmer. Huh! For a few bucks, why not, right?
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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Norma Berry
    on Apr 29, 2016

    I love your idea but where do you get this tape for the duck work

  • Maryinrockport
    on Apr 29, 2016

    Did u see a different in the bill? My house is all elec. So either way A/C n heater is used all year around.

    • Becky at Flipping the Flip
      on Apr 29, 2016

      I've done lots of various things to improve our weatherizing and indeed, I have seen a difference in the bills. Every little bit helps. The ambient temperature in winter feels warmer since I taped the vents so to me it was worth it.

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  • Crumly
    on Apr 8, 2019

    Huh, never thought of this. Our home is 110 years old so so being that you sound like a flipper you know what that means. Hahaha everything needs help in this farmhouse. Thanks so much.

  • Brenda
    on Apr 8, 2019

    Great idea. Thank you so much for sharing!

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