No matter where you make your home in North Carolina or South Carolina, you undoubtedly have to use heat during at least a portion of the year. Even coastal regions of these two states have cold snaps from time to time! Whatever form of heating your home has, the vents probably aren’t the most attractive features in your home. That’s where heater covers come in. There are multiple sorts of heater covers in existence, including radiator covers, register grilles, and baseboard heat covers. Here, you’ll learn more about heater covers in general and discover which style will best meet your needs.
What are the benefits of heater covers?
There are several benefits that come with installing heater covers. First and foremost is increased aesthetic appeal. Nobody, after all, wants open register vents or exposed radiators in every room of their home! Many of today’s heater covers are attractively designed to add to the overall look of any given interior. Safety is another reason to invest in heater covers. Radiators, for instance, can become very hot and can pose a hazard to children and pets (and even not-so-graceful adults!) Register openings, on the other hand, pose a tripping hazard for just about everyone. Covers minimize the risk of accidents.
What types of heater covers are there?
Baseboard heat covers – If your Carolina house has baseboard heating, covers are standard issue. Without covers, these units could easily become filled with carpet fibers, dust, threads from clothing and socks, and other general household debris, ultimately leading to a fire. Baseboard heat covers, however, tend to start looking dingy fairly quickly, so it’s important to look at them periodically to make sure they don’t need to be cleaned up or replaced.
Radiator covers – There are dozens and dozens of different types of radiator covers on the market these days. Many are designed to be decorative and some even fit certain styles of houses, such as Victorian Era abodes and beachfront cabins. Both of these home styles can easily be found in North Carolina and South Carolina. It is important to do your research before buying a radiator cover, as they often have particular perks. Some models, for example, are specifically engineered to increase energy efficiency, while others provide added storage in the form of shelving.
Register covers – Register covers are extremely popular and, if your home has central heating, you probably already have a number of these throughout your residence. The question, however, is whether or not you like the styles that came with your home. Historic register covers, such as those from the turn-of-the-century tend to be quite beautiful. Newer models, though, aren’t always so intricate. If you want to replace your current heater covers with something more to your taste, rest assured that there are numerous register covers to pick from.
Can I make a heater cover myself?
Technically, yes, it is possible to construct any type of heater cover on your own. It is not, though, the best idea. Professionally crafted heater covers are not only easier to obtain (they can be purchased at just about any home improvement store), but they are made to certain specifications you may not be aware of. These include flame-resistance standards and other regulations. Remember, if you have a particular look in mind for your new heater cover, you can always paint or decorate a store-bought style.
The Hatch Homes team is here to help you select the right type of heater cover for your needs. Simply contact our office to learn more about all of the renovation services we offer and schedule a no-obligation consultation. We look forward to learning more about the plans you have for your Carolina home and we hope to play a role in the remodeling process.