Published at Saturday, January 19th 2019. by Pedersen Wilda in Kitchen Window and Ventilation Hood.
GE went out of its way to advise range-hood installers of the best way to install a water heater or a furnace — that is, by following ASHRAE standards. Why didn’t GE bother to tell range-hood installers that ASHRAE also has something to say about the best way to install a range hood?
Follow the heating equipment manufacturer’s guideline and safety standards such as those published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the American Society for Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the local code authorities.
Simple, time-tested treatments that work for most periods include a valance or shaped pelmet (cornice), café curtains, sheers, roller and Roman shades, and Venetian blinds. If you have a pretty view or little room for curtains, a valance alone is enough to dress the window. A valance or pelmet also hides the working parts at the top of blinds and shades. Café (half, or sash) curtains can be stacked, but Ann Wallace says they are most often used only on the bottom sash, where they provide privacy without blocking too much light.
Every time an exhaust fan removes air from your house, an equal volume of air must enter. The air that enters cracks in a home’s envelope to replace air that is exhausted is called “makeup air.” Two trends affecting makeup air are causing increasing problems for homeowners: homes are getting tighter, and range-hood fans are getting more powerful.
Some Passivhaus builders are experimenting with range-hood fans that don’t exhaust air to the exterior. Instead, they pull air from above the stove and pass it through a charcoal filter before returning the air to the kitchen. On the ceiling of the kitchen, in a location as far from the stove as possible, they also install a grille connected to the exhaust system of the home’s HRV.
Another consideration is location in the room. Curtains should not be near the stove or too close to splash-back from the sink. Judy Soccio of Couture Window Art says to keep treatments over the sink short—and that includes any cords. Think about how much and what you cook, too: If odors and grease are an issue, Judy says, choose washable fabrics or those with Crypton or Microban.
So where does a powerful range-hood fan get its makeup air? If the house doesn’t have enough random air leaks around windows, doors, and mudsills, the makeup air is often pulled backwards through water-heater flues or down wood-burning chimneys — a phenomenon called backdrafting. Since the flue gases of some combustion appliances can include carbon monoxide, backdrafting is dangerous. In some cases, it can be life-threatening.
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