Published at Friday, February 01st 2019. by Osvald Henriksen in Kitchen Window and Ventilation Hood.
One of the most dramatic ways to make a statement in your kitchen is to include a custom designed range hood. Whether you adorn it with beautiful corbels and turned spindles and storage options or other embellishments, or keep it simple and classic, you will create a wonderful focal point for the room. Let’s take a look at a range (no pun intended!) of styles, colors and customization.
Eyesore no more! In recent years, kitchen range hoods have evolved from grimy eyesores to works of art. And why shouldn't an appliance of such large size also make a big (stylish) statement? Today, kitchen vent hoods are available in all shapes, sizes, and materials (hello, copper!) that can either draw the eye or blend right in with the surroundings.
If you have a huge family, and you indulge in commercial-scale cooking that requires a powerful exhaust fan, you’ll need to install a powered makeup air unit like those manufactured by Electro Industries of Monticello, Minnesota or Fantech. These units move a lot of air; in winter, the incoming air is cold, but it can be heated with 10,000-watt electric resistance elements if you want. Be prepared to suffer a huge energy penalty. The model EM-WH1025K from Electro Industries will supply 632 cfm at a 50 F° temperature rise. If you want a 1,200-cfm range hood, you’ll need two of these makeup air units; they cost about $1,800 each.
If you’re comfortable with metal working, cover up your old range hood vent using sheets of galvanized metal—the same material used to install flashing along a chimney. Your home center will have sheets or rolls of metal, as well as specialty tin snips for cutting. (If you need help check out these tips for cutting sheet metal.) If you’re looking for something with more of an antique flare, consider buying custom metal finishes to match your style.
Another important question is “How do I treat odd shaped windows”? Some ideas that can help you decide are floor-length curtain panels for large bay windows or french doors. Also, valances and cornices are in a way accent marks over windows you want to bring attention to. Asymmetrical design in wood or fabric have the ability to offer a modern design to your kitchen.
If you prefer to install a passive makeup air duct rather than a powered makeup air unit, the duct must include a motorized damper that is wired to come on simultaneously with the range-hood fan. Broan sells motorized dampers for this purpose, and also provides detailed and useful installation instructions.
Buy a range hood with a small exhaust fan; for most homes, 150 cfm to 250 cfm is plenty. In a tight house, a stronger exhaust fan can cause problems with backdrafting. Most building codes (for example, Section M1507 of the 2006 IRC) require that kitchen range hoods have a minimum rating of 100 cfm. Broan makes a simple range hood (the 40000 series) rated at 160 cfm; you can find it in stainless steel for only $80 on the Web.
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