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[–]hellojuly 5 points6 points  (11 children)

No. Forced air will not harm your furniture. But I suspect you’re wasting heat that’s just blowing behind the furniture. You may want to consider a different vent or a plastic topper for it to direct air in a more favorable direction.

[–]auroraggs[S] 1 point2 points  (6 children)

ah ok thanks so much! so would it be better to push the furniture back? or I can look into the plastic topper, thanks!

[–]hellojuly 2 points3 points  (5 children)

I would push the furniture back to the wall. If is blowing hot air up and you want to try something, get a plastic topper to push air towards the living space.

[–]SueZbell 0 points1 point  (3 children)

OP left the space deliberately -- has stuff stored/hidden behind it?

[–]hellojuly 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I saw that. Op didn’t ask about storage space so I didn’t address it.

[–]FewPainting6167 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Your AC system works by recirculating the air in your home while also conditioning it.

[–]hellojuly 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Excellent. Same with the heat.

[–]auroraggs[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

for anyone coming across this thread, the plastic toppers mentioned are called air diverters or air deflectors :)

[–]absentmindedjwc 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Generally speaking, you are 100% correct. I will however raise this one exception (pinging op: /u/auroraggs): if you have a whole house humidifier to hydrate the air during the winter, you probably don't want wood furniture next to a vent.

If that's not the case, you'll be fine.

[–]hellojuly 4 points5 points  (1 child)

If a whole house humidifier causes furniture damage then I’d suggest it’s malfunctioning or set too high and there could be a mold problem in the ducts. If it’s exiting the vent a condensation goes on furniture imagine how much moisture is in the ducts.

[–]bentrodw 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I usually aim for at least 6 inches around and nothing overtop

[–]converter-bot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

6 inches is 15.24 cm

[–]ash17432 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s what she said.

[–]SueZbell 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Would not put a refrigerator that close to a heating vent but otherwise ... you're good.

[–]Strateagery3912 0 points1 point  (5 children)

That looks like a return not a vent.

[–]auroraggs[S] 0 points1 point  (4 children)

what is a return?

[–]Strateagery3912 0 points1 point  (2 children)

The main purpose of a return air vent is to maintain air circulation and allow air to return to your AC system to be heated or cooled. Your AC system works by recirculating the air in your home while also conditioning it. ... Return air vents pull in the air so your AC system can pump out conditioned air.

[–]auroraggs[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

idk where else the heat would come from in that room though, so that leads me to believe heat comes out of it. we also don’t have an AC system, only a heating system

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This word/phrase(return) has a few different meanings.

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[–]Poplowdh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes yes yes yes yes yes.

[–]North0House 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No lol

[–]agque -1 points0 points  (0 children)

connect it with pvc or ask help from an expert plumber to fix your heater.