How to Vent Closets

Though closets make for great storage spaces, they are often not well air-circulated because they are not vented.

Generally, when a home is built, the closets remain closed-off from the central air conditioning system to keep the appliance from cooling unnecessary space. Although this saves money in energy costs, it makes closets stuffy. To alleviate this problem, you can simply install a pass-through vent, allowing air to cycle through the closet space.

Place a drop cloth on the floor in the closet's entryway. Empty the closet temporarily to protect clothes and other personal belongings.

Stand on a stool and hold a wall louver vent up against the wall above the outside of the closet. Trace around the vent with a pencil to create a template.

Insert a paddle bit into a drill and tighten the chuck down. Hold the drill bit against the wall, pressing it against the inside corner of the drawn template. Drill into the wall, then repeat on the three remaining inside corners.

Cut out the drywall above the closet with drywall saw or reciprocating saw, using the four drilled holes as starting and finishing points.

Insert one side of the wall vent into the outside of the closet, then insert the other half of the wall vent into the inside of the closet. Clinch the two together with a screw gun, pulling the two sides tightly against each side of the wall.

Remove the stool and drop cloth. Vacuum out the closet to clean up and then put your clothes and other belongings back into the closet. Your closet is now vented and won't be stuffy any longer.

Things You Will Need

  • Drop cloth
  • Stool
  • Wall louver vent
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Paddle bit
  • Drywall saw or reciprocating saw
  • Screw gun
  • Vacuum

About the Author

Owen Richason grew up working in his family's small contracting business. He later became an outplacement consultant, then a retail business consultant. Richason is a former personal finance and business writer for "Tampa Bay Business and Financier." He now writes for various publications, websites and blogs.