Published at Wednesday, 30 January 2019. Kitchen Window and Ventilation Hood. By Osvald Henriksen.
As a stop-gap measure, a homeowner with backdrafting problems can open a window near the kitchen every time the range-hood fan is turned on. Although this solution works, it won’t satisfy most homeowners, and builders who suggest this remedy may still be legally liable for future backdrafting problems.
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.
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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