While your thermostat and vents for your HVAC system are imperative to provide heating and cooling throughout your home, their appearance can sometimes be a burden. Some thermostats are right in the middle of a main wall, or the floor or wall vents are frustrating to decorate with. Luckily, there are some ways to either camouflage them or use them as part of your décor.
1. Paint the Thermostat
If you have a thermostat, vent cover or radiator that is an eye-sore, and you just want it to blend in better with the wall, you can always paint it. Most of these units are made of materials that can be painted over. Just choose the same paint color as the wall it is installed on, and it will blend in a lot better. One of the biggest problems with these mechanisms is that they are a different color than your wall. That can make them stand out more than their size. Painting over it might be one of the easiest and most effective ways to make it less conspicuous.
2. Turn it Into the Décor
For a larger unit that isn't easy to hide, why not decorate with the element? For example, if there is a wall vent in your son's room that is right in the middle of the wall, it might be hard to hide. Instead of painting it to match the wall, you can turn it into its own décor. If he likes trains, you can paint a train mural across that wall, making the wall vent part of the train itself. This might take a little more creativity, but it will be well worth it when it blends right in with the rest of the décor.
3. Add a Frame Around It
If you don't have much time or energy to try and camouflage your thermostat or wall vents, you can always add a picture frame around it that will fit. Find a frame that fits around the perimeter of the thermostat and make sure the glass of the frame is removed. Simply hang the frame on the wall so that it fits around the unit on the wall, and the unit has just become another part of your décor. You can go even further by creating a gallery wall where the thermostat is, so that you have multiple picture frames or works of art, and the thermostat is part of it. It will be easy to access, but won't stick out quite so much.
4. Purchase Decorative Floor Vents
For floor vents, you can't cover them since you need the air to come out of them when running your air conditioner or heater. In this case, the best thing to do is switch out the boring floor vent cover for one that is more decorative. Home improvement stores sell different types of vent covers that include various types of floral or scroll designs. You can even paint over the floor vent covers to add more style to them.
To learn more, contact Arc Electric & Air Conditioning & Heating Inc.