Counterpoint: Air vents are for the air
The IDF blows holes through walls because it denies their adversary (Palestinians) their base. If they can't feel safe in their homes, they can't feel safe. SWAT does the same thing for much the same reason - destabilizing the situation by denying the adversary (citizens) the ability to feel safe.
From a psychological standpoint it's about turning the tables. We play "the floor is lava" from an early, early age... but only if there are ample couch cushions. Every myth we have is about upending convention and traveling through space that is not intended to be traveled through goes back to Gilgamesh. The style of Gilgameshing changes with every fashion but at the end of the day, it's about jumping from couch cushion to couch cushion.
It saddens me that he didn't also do a take on tremors.