Published at Monday, 28 January 2019. Kitchen Window and Ventilation Hood. By Pedersen Wilda.
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.
Traditional window designs work for most homes but allowing yourself to think outside the box can really spark your creative ability and pay off in the long run. Instead of using a cookie-cutter treatment sometimes using everyday materials in unexpected ways can change the style of your kitchen from looking like a affordable feature to an expensive one without breaking your bank. We put together a few ideas for kitchen window treatments that might help you make your decision.
I got a copy of the GE Monogram installation instructions, and discovered that they were remarkably unhelpful. Astonishingly, the instructions make no mention of the range hood’s requirement for makeup air. The issue was deflected by a confusing reminder that combustion appliances require adequate combustion air: “Sufficient air is needed for proper combustion and exhausting of gases through the flue (chimney) of fuelburning equipment to prevent backdrafting.”
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