Upgrade Your Floor Grates For Better Air Flow

The devil really is in the details. A lot of DIYers (us included) get caught up in the big projects: new tile, a kitchen demo, painting, installing hardwood floors, etc. Yet if your hands are itching for a project and you’re short on time (and cash), there are a number of quick, small things you can do to make a big difference. First up? Swap out your floor grates.
Not that there’s really anything wrong with a standard floor grate, except it’s not the most exciting thing to look at. By opting for a wood or metal register grille, however, you’ll boost the aesthetic value of the room–and you may find yourself enjoying improved air flow, too.
Floor grates are typically available in a variety of styles, including drop-in or flush mount models.

Upgrading your floor grates is an especially good idea if you live in an older home and are trying to achieve an authentic, decade-inspired aesthetic. Some companies even make cast iron register grilles and antique reproductions, a great choice for a Victorian home.
Have you changed the floor grates in your home? And if so, have you noticed a difference in air flow?
Photo: Flickr.com/wadem

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