Relocating an air conditioning vent in your home's basement

Answered by Brendan ~ March 6, 2012 ~ Comments

One of the vents for my home's central air conditioning extends about 12" below the basement ceiling. How can I make the vent flush with the ceiling so that it does not hang so low?

Eric ~ Washington, DC

Brendan Fowler


Most ducting can be cut shorter and the vent cap/register can be reinstalled. If the register is attached to flexible ducting sometimes the duct can be pushed back up into the ceiling. Sometimes a duct is left long if there were plans to tie onto it in the future and extend it. If it was just left long for future routing options, I would simply cut it to the length you want and remount the register to the ceiling.

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