Well, I’ve had a setback with my project. I got everything trimmed and caulked…
…and I was ready to start priming and painting when I noticed a problem. And quite a serious problem.
Let me see if I can explain.
When I took the measurement for the shutter I would need, I measured the width of the vent and determined that that’s the width of the shutter I would need. The problem? I didn’t take into account that the side “frame” pieces of the shutter would reduce the air intake area. I didn’t measure, but I would guess that the widths of the side frame pieces combined are anywhere from 5 to 6 inches. For those of you who need visual aids (like me), the black lines in this picture show the width of the air vent in comparison to the shutter…
That’s a significant reduction in the area of the opening, and it causes quite a drag on the air flow when the air conditioner comes on. I’m very concerned that if I left it, it would cause the system to overwork itself to get enough air flow, and it could cause some very costly problems.
I need a solution that looks more like this, where the frame doesn’t cover the air vent…
I’m not going to give up on this idea. I can’t. I have no other options (except to order something custom made, which we all know won’t happen). At this point, it looks as if my only option will be to build something from scratch. I’ll keep you updated when I’ve made more progress.
For any of you wanting to try this, it’s definitely worth doing if you can find the right size shutter. Just keep in mind that the width of the slats in the shutter needs to be the same as the vent. If you match the width of the shutter and the width of the vent, the reduced air flow space will cause a drag on the air flow to your HVAC system. That’s definitely a situation you want to avoid if you enjoy your air conditioning. 🙂
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