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Air Vents in Movies: Don't Try This at Home

Air Vents in Movies: Don't Try This at Home

Whether they’re opening them up to hide their loot or crawling into them to avoid spies or aliens, film characters often use air vents in movies in ways that HVAC pros would not recommend in real life. Here are a few famous portrayals of how not to use your air vents and ductwork.

No Country for Old Men

In this best picture winner, Llewelyn - played by Josh Brolin - hides a satchel of money in the ductwork of a cheap motel. Unscrewing the air vents in movies is one method that characters often use to hide their loot and other goods. Although it clearly seems like a good idea to the characters, stuffing things into your ductwork blocks airflow and decreases the efficiency of your Roswell HVAC system.

Mission Impossible

In the film’s iconic heist scene, Tom Cruise’s character, Ethan Hunt, descends from an air vent and dangles above the floor. He is suspended by Jean Reno’s character, who waits in the air duct above. Most residential ducts are not designed to support this amount of weight. While air vents in movies appear to offer amazing access to a secret habitrail, crawling into your home’s ductwork could cause a lot of expensive damage - not to mention putting you at risk of injury.


In this classic 1979 science fiction thriller from Ridley Scott, a spaceship manned by Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, and her crew is infested with threatening aliens. The creatures enter through the air vents and live in the ductwork. Unfortunately, this scenario - minus the aliens - is all too realistic. Loose or broken vents can allow mice, squirrels and other unwanted visitors to enter your house. Check vents each spring and fall. If necessary, call Casteel to replace or repair damaged vents to prevent small creatures from entering your home.

Die Hard

When it comes to a star turn for ductwork and air vents in movies, “Die Hard” is a masterpiece. Bruce Willis plays John McClane, a New York City cop trapped in a Los Angeles office tower. McClane uses the ducts as his office and transportation as he works to free hostages from a group of criminals led by Alan Rickman. Despite being part of an exciting plot, this use of ductwork is not realistic.

In movies, creative uses for air vents and ductwork often move the plot along. In reality, the ductwork in your Roswell home should be used only for heating and cooling.​