Kitchen Exhaust Fans

The kitchen is the one room in the house that can be a major source of pollutants in the air. Smoke, foul odors from food that is occasionally burnt, grease and moisture can all be released into the air in the kitchen when you cook. These odors and grease can cling to the walls, ceiling and even the furniture in other rooms in the home as well. The kitchen exhaust fan is essential to have and is very effective at removing these pollutants from the air in the kitchen.

Most people tend to overlook the importance of the kitchen exhaust fan. However, these fans circulate the air and vent out odors and smells from cooking that can sometime even be hazardous to your health. Whenever a kitchen exhaust fan is broken it should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible.

Various cooking methods can cause an unseen mist in the air. This mist is often filled with grease particles that can cling to the surfaces in your kitchen. The kitchen exhaust fan removes the mist before it can settle onto the surfaces and exhausts it out to the exterior of your home. The air in your kitchen and eventually the rest of your home can be contaminated with dangerous disease causing agents without the use of the kitchen exhaust fan.

There are various kinds of kitchen exhaust fans on the market today. These fans have been designed to keep your kitchen well ventilated. You can find fans that are installed in the ceiling or in the range hoods. Kitchen range hoods that include the kitchen exhaust fan are popular choices for many home owners. They look attractive and can easily exhaust out heat, smoke, moisture and odors from the kitchen. You can find range hoods with a kitchen exhaust fan built into them in all different designs and colors. They will usually have a light in the hood too. Kitchen range hoods are installed at least 18 to 30 inches above and directly over the cook top so moisture and gas fumes and grease particles can be quickly vented out. A filter is included in the kitchen exhaust fan to trap grease. The filter can be easily removed so it can be cleaned or replaced when needed.

When shopping for a kitchen exhaust fan as a replacement fan, make sure you know the dimensions of your old one or else it will not fit into the original cut out for it. Getting the correct replacement size will make it a lot easier to install. Otherwise, you may have to cut out more for it or try to patch the area if you get one that is smaller than the original. Of course, you can always hire a professional to install a new one for you too. Installing a kitchen exhaust fan requires doing some electrical work as well. You should also be careful to get the correct size fan for your kitchen. Most experts advise that you measure the square footage in your kitchen and then multiply it by 2. This will give you the cubic feet per minute of output that your fan needs to be rated at. For instance, a 350 square foot kitchen would need at least a kitchen exhaust fan that is rated at 700 CFM airflow.

Kitchen exhaust fans in the ceiling are normally connected to metal ductwork that goes all the way from the fan to the roof so the air can be vented to the outside exterior of the home. The ducting should not allow any air to seep into other parts of the attic, otherwise grease can build up and become a fire hazard. A special roof cap is installed for the ducting on the roof so that rain does not enter into it and into the house. Keep in mind that most people prefer the overhead kitchen exhaust fan over the down-draft types since hot air rises.

This Kitchen Exhaust Fans Review is Written/Updated on Feb 22nd, 2011 and filed under Kitchen Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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